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Hoʻokena Beach Park information
Lonely Planet review
This modest-sized, charcoal-colored beach is backed by a steep green hillside. When the winter surf is up, young spongers hit the waves. When it's calm, kayaking is a draw, and the snorkeling is good straight out from the landing. It drops off pretty quickly, and there's lots of coral, but there are strong currents further out, so again, respect. Dolphins have been known to rest in Kauhako Bay and humpback whales can be seen offshore in the December to April season.
The beach park has a picnic pavilion, bathrooms, showers, a concession stand and drinking water. Camping is right on the sand at awesome sites at the base of the cliffs. Ongoing security issues have been addressed by implementing a guard patrol and through the activism of the Friends of Hookena Beach Park ; you can obtain required permits on this website and rent camping gear. Permits can also be obtained from the county parks.