Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park
Photo Credit: Sean Newsome

Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park

UPDATE 6/4/20 - Kekaha Kai State Park is OPEN for day beach and hiking use, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Day Use Facilities remain CLOSED at Mahaiʻula and OPEN at Kua Bay. Access gates for the Maniniʻōwali (Kua Bay) Section of Kekaha Kai State Park will be OPEN on WEEKENDS only for parking. Gates will be locked at 6:45 pm. Other access gates will remain CLOSED.
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Restrictions for outdoor recreation include the following:
HIKING: No group of more than two persons is allowed to hike on state trails, unless all hikers in the group are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address. All persons not part of a single residential or family unit shall maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from any other hiker.
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BEACHES: All groups are limited to a single residential or family unit sharing the same address, and no family group shall exceed 10 persons. All persons not part of a single residential or family unit shall maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from any other beach user.
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HOURS: All park areas are open for day-use only, all overnight uses, including camping, are prohibited. Please heed the posted park hours, which may be more restrictive than normal park hours.

Hours Daily 7:00am – 6:45pm
Entrance Fee None

Description

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.