Puako Shoreline

South Kohala

Puako is known for its large, attractive tide pools. There are multiple public shoreline access points along Puako Beach Dr, but the entrance area before the end of the road has parking space for several vehicles and is located near a small, rocky beach. The rest of the shore is a pretty strip of pulverized coral and lava rock.

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1. Holoholokai Beach Park

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2. Puako Petroglyph Preserve

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4. Kalahuipuaʻa Historic Trail

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5. Kalahuipuaʻa Fishponds

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6. Hokuloa United Church

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8. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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