Kapaʻa Beach Park

activities / Water sports

Lonely Planet review

From the highway, you’d think that Kapaʻa is beachless. But along the coast is a mile-long ribbon of beach that’s very low-key and local. While the whole area is officially a county park called Kapaʻa Beach Park, that name is commonly used only for the northern end, where there’s a grassy field, picnic tables and a public pool.

The best sandy area is at the south end, informally called Lihi Beach , where you’ll find locals hanging out and talking story. A good starting point for the paved coastal path is the footbridge just north of the beach. To get here, turn makai (seaward) on Panihi Rd from the highway.

Further to the south is Fujii Beach , nicknamed Baby Beach because an offshore reef creates a shallow, placid pool of water that’s perfect for toddlers. Located in a modest neighborhood that attracts few tourists, this is a real locals’ beach, so don’t make a loud scene.