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Beaches in Hilo

Pauoa Beach

A sandy beach, grassy area and palm trees make this bay a true island paradise. It is located on the ocean side of the Orchid At Mauna Lani Resort.

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Kaunaoa Beach

This is one of the best beaches on the island. The sand is a perfect crescent shape and extends for almost 1/4 mile. A natural rock reef provides some protection from the surf.

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Carl Smith Beach

Monitor ocean conditions closely at all times. Rock hazards are present. Strong surf and currents may be present. High tide may erode most of the sandy beach area. Obey all postings and warnings

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Hapuna Beach

This is another wonderful sandy beach, 1/2 mile long and almost 200 feet wide during the summer months. Swimming conditions here are usually excellent.

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Onekahakaha Beach Park

Located just south of downtown Hilo on the Big Island?s east shore, Onekahakaha Beach Park is the ideal beach for families with small children and for tidepooling. There is a sand-bottomed cove that is separated from the open ocean by a boulder break, so the nearshore waters are shallow and free of currents or wave action. Also, lifeguards are on duty year-round.

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Ai'opio Beach

This lovely sandy beach is located just north of Honokohau Harbor . The water here is protected by offshore reefs, so swimming usually safe even for children

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Kaunaoa Beach

This is one of the best beaches on the island. The sand is a perfect crescent shape and extends for almost 1/4 mile. A natural rock reef provides some protection from the surf.

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Kealoha Beach Park

When it comes to beach activities, this park offers the whole package: nice views, watersports, sunbathing and even a few good fishing spots. This makes James Kealoha Beach Park a convenient weekend stop for local families and visitors alike. But despite its popularity, the park never seems crowded since there?s a lot of open space.

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Ahalanui Park

This spring fed pool is part natural and part man-made. It is also volcanically heated to a balmy 90 degrees!

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Hilo is the country capital and commercial center of the Big Island. It’s on a large crescent-shaped bay and ahs Hawaii’s second largest port. Hilo is ethnically diverse, with a lot of people of Japanese and Filipino descent. There’s also an alternative community that’s been filtering in since the ‘70s, attracted by Hilo’s affordability and the windward coast’s scenic appeal.

Twice the size of all the other major Hawaiian Islands combined, the Big Island is also the youngest. It is believed to have emerged from the sea about 800,000 years ago and as evidenced by the activity in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, it continues to grow. Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes and the islands sit atop the Pacific Plate, which is moving northward at the annual rate of 4 inches. The eastern edge of this plate is California's San Andreas Fault.

Hilo has been the victim of several major disasters. It was rebuilt twice after devastating tidal waves. The first tsunami struck in 1946 and what was not destroyed then was taken in 1960 when a second major wave hit the city.

 
 

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