Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Join the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks and Big Island partner organizations, on Wednesday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for “World Oceans Day” at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area South Pavilion. World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and an opportunity to help protect and conserve our oceans. This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.” Informational booths and educational activities will help visitors learn about Hawaii’s incredible ocean resources and how we can all help protect them. The event is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee for out-of-state visitors.

A number of different area organizations are coming together for this first-time event at Hapuna Beach, including Hawaii State Parks, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources, Division of Conservation and Resource Management, Coral Reef Alliance, Dolphin Quest, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center, Kohala Center Reef Teach, National Parks Service, The Nature Conservancy, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Puako Makai Watch and West Hawaii Marine Mammal Response Network.


Three Frogs Cafe (snack bar) at the Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area is open daily from 10am-4pm, serving fish tacos, burgers and salads, tropical smoothies and shave ice.  They also offer beach rentals of boogie boards, beach
chairs and umbrellas, and snorkeling gear.

Hours 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, daily
Entrance Fee Out-of-State Independent Visitor Fee:
  • $5 per visitor vehicle parking fee.

Commercial PUC Tour Vehicle:

  • 1-7 passenger vehicles: $10
  • 8-25 passenger vehicles: $20
  • 26 or more passenger vehicles: $40
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Camping Online reservations for the shelters at Hāpuna must be made at least 7 days in advance of check-in date.
Fees start at $30 per shelter per night.
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Landscaped beach park with swimming during calm seas, bodysurfing during periods of shore breaks, sunbathing and other beach-related activities, picnicking and shelter lodging opportunities.

Dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks during periods of high surf! Waves over 3 feet high are for experts – all others should stay out of the water and away from the shoreline! Lifeguard services. Hiking opportunity along the coastal trail. (61.8 acres)

Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area rents 4-person A-Frame shelters.  These shelters consist of a single screened room with wooden sleeping platforms and a picnic table. Centrally located in the shelter complex is an enclosed pavilion with a range, refrigerator, and tables. Comfort Stations with cold showers and restrooms are available for shared use by all shelters.

NOTICE:  The Hāpuna A-Frame shelters will be unavailable for rental from approximately April 11-May 16, 2016 while improvements to the lodging area are being completed.  This work will not impact any day-use or beach access areas of the park.  We apologize for the inconvenience.