Kamakahonu Beach

Kamakahonu Beach, Big Island

For a beach once inhabited by a king, Kamakahonu Beach (view panorama) on the Big Island of Hawaii is surprisingly calm and unflustered. Locals have nicknamed it "Children’s Beach" because of the gentle waves and shallow water. It is one of the safest swimming beaches in Kona. Nearby is the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, a popular place among vacationing families.

Kamakahonu has a lot to offer for adults as well. It is an important historical site, having served as the final home of King Kamehameha the Great, who lived here from 1812 until his death in 1819. You can still find many of his old projects around; most of them are buildings and temples where he held office. His personal temple, the Ahuena Heiau, was built in the water and now sits a few yards off the shore.

Besides swimming, boating, snorkeling and fishing are also very popular activities here. Off the Kailua Pier, there are some good fishing spots. Also, you can rent canoes, paddle boats and fishing and snorkeling gear from the many beach shops on the shore.

Kamakahonu has many beach facilities, such as restrooms, showers and BBQ areas. It’s a good beach for a picnic since there are shaded picnic spots along the shore. There are also a few fancy restaurants and concessions in the area, offering a nice mix of local and international cuisine.

The name Kamakahonu means "the turtle eye" in the Hawaiian language. It is believed that the name originated from a rock, which was shaped like a turtle and which is now located under Kailua Pier.

Kamakahonu Beach Overview

  • Good beach for families with small children and novice swimmers
  • Calm and shallow waters
  • Near Kailua Pier and Ahuena Heiau
  • Historic location - King Kamehameha the Great used to live here

Kaahumanu Pl, Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Directions: The beach is in Kailua-Kona where Palani Road turns into Alii Drive.

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Reviews and Comments:
This beach is small but has very calm water. Perfect for little ones. There is a shower and bathroom on the pier and an ABC store for snacks, refreshments, sunscreen, etc. No parking but there is a lot up Palani road and is only a few minutes walk to the beach.
Rayne, Sun Mar 02, 2014