Map of beach parks in Hilo

Beaches in Hilo

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Hilo is not known for its beaches but if the sun is shining and you want to go to the beach you have a couple of good options.

The beaches in Hilo are located in a string of beach parks towards the south/east of Hilo and are well suited for swimming, snorkeling and / or a picnic.

Our favorite two beach parks in Hilo are Carlsmith beach park (four mile) and Richardson beach park.

Map of beach parks in Hilo
Map of beach parks in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. The beaches in Hilo are on the east side of town. Adapted from google maps

You can find a summary of the larger beach parks in Hilo (from west to east) below. We list the main characteristics (Lifeguards, restrooms, shower, snorkeling, picnic tables) below. This information was last updated in May 2013. See this website for more information.

Coconut island (Moku Ola)

Mostly rocky shoreline with pockets of sandy beach. Hazardous waves and footing. Park accessible via footbridge from parking lot.

Lifeguards: None
Restrooms: Yes
Outdoor Showers: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Swimming: Yes
Snorkeling: No

Reeds bay beach park

White coral sand and lava rock beach along East side of Banyan Drive.

Lifeguards: None
Restrooms: Yes, portable restrooms
Outdoor Showers: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Swimming: Yes
Snorkeling: No

Onekahakaha beach park

Popular beach park at the end of Onekahakaha Road that contains a sheltered sandy swimming lagoon and a rocky shoreline. Hazardous waves and currents outside protected swimming area.

Lifeguards: Weekends/Holidays, 9:30-4:45 p.m.
Restrooms: Yes
Outdoor Showers: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Swimming: Yes

Kealoha (James) beach park

Rocky shoreline with tide pools. Hazardous auto traffic, waves, currents and footing.

Lifeguards: None
Restrooms: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Swimming: Yes
Snorkeling: Yes, under favorable conditions

Carlsmith beach park

Excellent beach park with anchialine (a landlocked body of water with a subterranean connection to the ocean) ponds and a protected white sand lagoon along lava shoreline. Also known to locals as “four mile”.

One of our two favorite beaches in Hilo. For more information and pictures see our full description of the Carlsmith beach park.

Lifeguards: Weekends/Holidays, 9:30-4:45 p.m.
Restrooms: Yes
Outdoor Showers: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Swimming: Yes
Snorkeling: Yes, under favorable conditions

Wai’Olena beach park (Leleiwi)

Rocky shoreline with tide pools. Hazardous waves, currents and footing.

Lifeguards: Weekends/Holidays, 9:30-4:45 p.m.
Restrooms: Yes
Outdoor Showers: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Snorkeling: no
Swimming: Yes

Richardson beach park

Popular beach park with many picnic tables. There is a seawall that runs along much of the rocky shoreline, limited (but good) beach access. Also an “almost” green sand beach. Hazardous waves, currents and footing.

For more information and pictures see our full description of the Richardson beach park.

Lifeguards: 7 days a week, 9:30-4:45 p.m.
Restrooms: Yes
Outdoor Showers: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Swimming: Yes
Snorkeling: Yes, under favorable conditions