Introducing Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Hapuna Beach is world famous for its magnificent half-mile sweep of white powder sand and crystal-clear waters. Water conditions vary depending on the season. In summer, waves are calm and allow good swimming, snorkeling and diving. (Bear in mind, the fish population has woefully declined since the 1980s.) When the surf's up in winter, the bodyboarding is awesome. In general, Hapuna waters are too choppy for tots or nonswimmers. Remember that waves over 3ft should be left for the experts; drownings are not uncommon here.
Due to its drive-up access and popularity (and the lack of state funds), the restrooms and picnic area at this state recreation area can be rather grungy. Still, facilities do include pay phones, drinking water, showers, restrooms and a picnic area. Lifeguards are on duty. A parking fee is payable.
To get here, take Hapuna Beach Rd just south of the 69-mile marker. Arrive early to snag a parking space and stake out a good spot. In 2011, the state was considering charging an entry fee for nonresidents, but a decision was still pending during research for this guide. Bring industrial-strength sunscreen because there's little shade.
Outdoorsy types could bunk in one of the six state-owned A-frame cabins near the beach. The awesome location is perfect for sunset and moonrise watching. While rather run-down and makeshift for the price, the cabins are decently livable and each sleeps four people on wooden platforms (bring your own bedding). There are restrooms, showers and a cooking pavilion with a stove and fridge.