This small man-made cove (view panorama) has a pretty white-sand beach. The sandy ocean bottom within the cove is ideal for small children. The cove is surrounded by lava rocks which protect the nearshore waters from waves and currents. There are some palm trees on the beach which provide shade, and the beach is easily accessible via a 5-minute walk on a paved path. The beach closes a half hour after sunset.
Directions: From Kailua Kona, drive north for about 14 miles (22.5 km) on Highway 19 (Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy). Turn left at Kukio Nui Drive (located near mile marker 87). Visitors to the beach must first obtain a beach pass. At the gate on Palena Aina, press the call button and tell the guard you would like to drive to the beach. They will then direct you to the location of the guard house around the corner and give you the beach access pass. After getting the pass, follow the road until you reach the beach parking lot. Note: Since there are only 27 parking spaces, plan to come here early in the day and preferably on a weekday. Otherwise, the guards may not let you in if the parking lot is full. From the parking lot, it's a 5-minute walk to the beach on a paved path.