Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park
Hawaii shore

Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park

MARCH 2018 - A park improvement project expected to take 3 months has begun at the Maninʻōwali (Kua Bay) Section of Kekaha Kai State Park in Kona, Hawaiʻi. The work consists of addition of a new beach access stairway, additional rinsing showers, picnic tables, and repairs and upgrades to the existing restroom facility. The project is expected to be completed by July 1, 2018.

The park will remain open, but visitors should expect to experience some inconveniences due to the construction. Work will be conducted Monday through Friday only, and to facilitate concrete pours, the park section will open late, at 12 noon, each Wednesday during the project. The Wednesday late opening will terminate at the completion of this project or sooner.

Hours Open daily 8 am –7 pm
Entrance Fee None


Mahai’ula section has a sandy beach and dune offering opportunities for swimming and beach-related activities. A picnic area with tables is available. A 4.5-mile hike north through this wilderness park on the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai, leads to Kua Bay. Midway, a hike to the summit of Pu’u Ku’ili, a 342-foot high cinder cone, offers an excellent view of the coastline. Dry and hot with no drinking water.

Maniniʻōwali (Kua Bay) section at north end of park offers swimming during calm seas, bodysurfing during periods of shore breaks, sunbathing, picnicking and other beach-related activities.  Hiking opportunity along the coastal trail.

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! No lifeguard services.