Holoholokai Beach Park

Holoholokai Beach Park, Big Island

Holoholokai Beach Park (view panorama) on the Big Island is not your typical picture-perfect white-sand beach. This rocky strip of coastline boasts something completely different, but just as fascinating: a walk through prehistoric Hawaii, told in the words of ancient art. The beach is next to the Malama Petroglyph Trail leading to the Puako Petroglyphs, the largest collection of petroglyphs in Hawaii. With a good eye, you can spot more than 3,000 of these age-old drawings etched onto larger-than-life boulders.

Of course, the beach itself is not to be missed. Many visitors to the trail also visit this beach to relax, picnic or take pictures. There is more rock than sand on Holoholokai Beach, but the black lava rocks mixed with white coral rubble make for interesting beach scenery. It's not a good beach for swimming because the nearshore ocean bottom is rocky, which makes entering the ocean difficult. Besides the rock outcroppings, the occasionally high surf can make it dangerous even for experienced swimmers.

In the park area you’ll find picnic tables, BBQ grills, lots of trees and grassy areas for ball games. Restrooms and showers are also conveniently located in the park.

Holoholokai Beach Park Overview

  • Rocky beach located near ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs (rock carvings) (view panorama)
  • Nearshore lava rocks make swimming dangerous except when the ocean is very calm
  • Good beach for picnics (has tables and BBQ grills)

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