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Top Choice Beach in Puako

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Hapuna Beach is a postcard snapshot of what a beach can be – it's world famous for a magnificent half-mile sweep of white powder sand and fabulously clear waters. In summer, waves are calm and allow good swimming, s…
Top Choice Beach in Puako

Beach 69

This lovely crescent of white sand is a local favorite but remains somewhat off the tourist radar. Both family-friendly and gay-friendly, its calm, protected waters are ideal for a bout of casual snorkeling. Around …
Landmark in Puako

Puako Tide Pools

Puako is known for giant tide pools, some deep enough to shelter live coral and other marine life. There's no sandy beach, but a narrow strip of pulverized coral and lava covers the shore. It's ideal for beach walks…
Store in Puako

Puako General Store

There may not be an official city hall in Puako, but this general store more or less fulfills that purpose. It's basically a shop selling all kinds of sundries, but there are groceries, yummy, Hawaiian-inspired prep…
American in Puako

Three Frogs

A pair of friendly brothers run this Hapuna Beach concession stand, which sells enormous fish tacos, burgers and other variations of food that all go down a treat after a good swim. Located adjacent to the path lead…
Church in Puako

Hokuloa United Church

Heading toward Puako ‘town’ you’ll pass the Hokuloa United Church on your right. This may be the cutest little white seaside church on the Big Island. Originally built in 1860, the structure fell apart and was then …