Mahukona Beach Park

Mahukona Beach Park information

Lonely Planet review

Without a sandy beach or swimmable waters, Mahukona warrants only a brief poking around. After you turn off the Akoni Pule Hwy, the right-hand lane leads to a small pier. Once a key port for the Kohala Sugar Company, today it's a low-key fishing spot for locals.

Beyond the landing, there are snorkeling and diving spots that can be explored during calm waters. Entry, via a ladder, is in about 5ft of water. Heading north, it's possible to follow an anchor chain out to a submerged boiler and the remains of a ship 25ft down. Overall, however, the setting is not very inviting.

If you veer left after the turnoff, you'll reach the county park, where a shabby cluster of picnic tables and restrooms overlooks a scenic, if formidable, beach. The camping area is rather forlorn-looking.