Richardsons beach park on the Big Island

Richardson’s Ocean Park

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Richardson’s Ocean (or Beach) Park is the Black Sand Beach closest to Hilo. It is know to the locals as ‘Richardson’s’, and is together with the Kapoho tide pools your best choice if you want to snorkel on the East side of the Island. Because of the tide pools, calm water and picnic area, Richardson’s is a great place to bring your kids.

Richardsons beach park on the Big Island
Richardson’s Beach Park, in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. This beach is one of the best places to snorkel on the HIlo side

Richardson’s is part of a series of beach parks along Kalaniana’ole (south Hilo). Despite the closeness to Hilo, the weather you find at Richardsons is dryer and clearer than that in Hilo generally. The ocean park is open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and has a lifeguard on duty between those hours. There are also picnic areas, showers, restrooms, parking, telephones, and ponds.

Richardsons has a marine conservation area. The ocean here is spring fed by freshwater that also forms many ponds both at the beaches and nearby. The spring water is cold, and the ocean water warm. Combine this with shallow and almost current-free waters and you understand why this is such a good place for snorkeling.

Directions to Richardson’s Beach Park

If you continue on down Kalaniana’ole Avenue (east of Hilo), you will come to a series of beach parks, the two most popular being Carlsmith, popularly known as Four Mile after the mile marker, and Richardson, about at the end of the road.

Both Richardson’s and the Kapoho tide pools are real busy on weekends, so if it is a weekend, there won’t be any parking near them unless you arrive early.

Richardsons beach (Big Island) green sand
The black sand at Richardsons is mixed with olivines, making it an “almost green sand beach“. If you do make it out to Richardsons take a close look at the sand to see all the green crystals in the sand

Beaches close to Richardson’s

Richardson’s Beach Park is part of a series of beach parks along Kalaniana’ole Avenue. The other beach parks are Carlsmith Beach Park, Lele’iwi beach park, James Ke’aloha Beach Park and Onekahakaha Beach Co Park. See all beaches in Hilo.