The Rugged Beauty of Keokea Beach Park

Keokea Beach Park
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Hawaii Island’s Keokea Beach Park is a great place to visit if you’re traveling along the island’s northern coastline. 

It has restrooms and picnic tables, making it a great place to stop after seeing Pololu Valley. 

While this isn’t a popular tourist destination or glistening sandy shoreline, there is a lot to love about this Big Island treasure

Improvements for Keokea, Improvements for Families

Keokea Beach Park spans more than seven acres and has recently received $1.4 million in repairs. This includes a larger pavilion area, new restrooms, picnic tables, and paved accessible walkways.

Over the years, Keokea has become an important part of residents’ upbringing on Hawaii Island. 

A Boulder Beach

Located on the rocky shoreline of North Kohala, Keokea is referred to as a boulder beach because of the huge boulders and sea cliffs that surround the park. The rocky shoreline is an incredible sight, especially as you consider the Hawaii volcano that created it. I wouldn’t recommend swimming here because of the rough waters and crashing surf.

Instead, children usually play in a small stream that runs through Keokea. You may also notice the manmade wall of boulders that create a somewhat calmer cove area; however, this still is not very safe for swimming.

Visiting Keokea Beach Park

There is still lots to do here. Most people come here to picnic, barbecue, fish, or just enjoy the beautiful ocean scenery. In winter months, you may even see whales from this scenic spot.

It is worth checking out if you’re looking for a non-traditional kind of beach that has everything but a white sandy shoreline.

You’ll find Keokea Beach Park near Mile Marker #27 on the North Shore of Hawaii Island. It’s about a mile off the highway — be sure to drive carefully through this residential area.

KEOKEA BEACH PARK • Hwy 270, Mile Marker #27, Kapaau, HI 96755