Near the end of Kalanianaʻole Ave, this pocket of black sand is Hilo's best all-round beach. During calm surf, the protected waters are popular for swimming and snorkeling, with frequent sightings of friendly sea turtles (keep your distance, at least 50yd in the water). High surf attracts local bodyboarders. Shaded by lots of coconut trees, the beach also makes a sweet picnic spot. Has daily lifeguards, restrooms, showers and picnic areas.