Keokea Beach Park

Keokea Beach Park - Tranquil Boulder Beach Backed by Sea Cliffs
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

While Keokea is not a sandy swimming beach, it's still a beautiful place to stop. You can explore the rocky beach, have a picnic, and use the restroom facilities. There is a small lagoon for wading and an elevated pavilion for catching a glimpse of surfers. 

- The Local Expert Team

Keokea Beach Park is located on the rocky North Kohala shoreline on the Big Island. Many people stop on the way to or from Pololu Valley Lookout. Since there are picnic tables and restrooms here, it’s a nice place to stop. You have to drive down a country road that’s a bit slow going to get to the park, but it’s easy to find.

This is a boulder beach and is backed by sea cliffs. Since the bay isn’t protected from offshore reefs, the swimming conditions are poor here. Locals have built a breakwater of boulders to try to improve the cove and make an area to splash in the water. Still, beyond that, the surf is strong and the water is rough most days. If you have some reef shoes, you can wade around a bit where the water is low. It’s quite rocky, so it’s good to protect your feet. Kids have a great time in this small area. Just be sure to keep an eye on them. It could be dangerous to stray off onto the rocks.

Don’t let the poor swimming conditions keep you away from this park, it has much more to offer. The coastline is beautiful, even if you don’t go into the water. Although there are no lifeguards, there is plenty of parking and many amenities at Keokea Beach Park. There is a pavilion, picnic areas, restrooms, barbecue grills, fire pits, showers, trashcans, and even electricity.

Because of the terrific amenities, this is a popular park on weekends and holidays. Expect a crowd if you visit on those days. There are also some grassy areas, so this could be a great spot to have a gathering. There is an elevated shelter that provides a great view of the waves and any surfers who are out tackling the waves.

This is a great place to stop because this park is off the beaten path and not all tourists take the time to stop here. If you do, you will be rewarded with tranquility and lovely views. Also, many locals frequent this park. Many have family pictures taken here, since the park is clean and well maintained. While at the park, watch for wildlife. You may see birds, a monk seal, black crabs, and other sea life. It’s always a true treat to catch a glimpse of animals in the water. 

If you are looking for another stop to make nearby, there is a small historic Japanese-American cometary along the access road. It’s an interesting place to stop. If you need some food, Gill’s restaurant is close by. 

Insider Tips:
-If you would like a peaceful experience in the park, go on a weekday when it’s less crowded. You can sit and relax while listening to the waves crash. 
-Bring your camera and grab some group photos. The scenery is beautiful.
-Don’t forget your reef shoes if you plan to go wading. It’s a very rocky area.