Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide


The Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area offers one of the few white sand beaches on the Big Island in Hawaii. This park is located 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae, which is on the northwest end of the island. While most people visit to play on the beach and nearby water, a portion of the 175-mile long Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail runs through this park. This recreation area is located about 30 miles north of Kailua-Kona and 72 miles northeast of Hilo. 

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Spring 67-83 F
Summer 71-86 F
Fall 70-86 F
Winter 66-82 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

If you live on the Big Island, you'll want to pack up your RV and head to this beach to go hiking and play in the water. A recreation vehicle makes it easier to enjoy excursions to more remote areas. If you do not own an RV or live on the Big Island, get a rental via RVshare.com

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Rates start at $15 per night at this campground located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. While it's located about two hours south of Hapuna Beach, the accommodations are suitable. You can go hiking, drive the scenic roads, and more at this national park.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: No
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
  • Other amenities: Picnic Tables, restrooms, barbecue pits

Punalu'u Beach Park

Play on the black sand beach at Punalu'u Beach Park, which is on the south end of the island. You'll also be able to swim and scuba dive in the water offshore. Rates start at about $6 per night at this campground.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: No
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
  • Other amenities: Ocean swimming, hiking

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What to Do at
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Inside Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

At this recreation area, you'll enjoy playing on the 0.5-mile long sandy beach. It has been voted many times as one of the most scenic beaches in the United States. Novice snorkelers love the water off the north end of this beach. Jump into the ocean from the cliffs on the south end of this beach or watch the fun. Eat at the 3 Frogs Café before climbing on the large boulders for amazing sunset views. 

Outside Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

This state recreation area is a favorite with many tourists. You can find many places to eat and shop nearby about seven miles north in Kawaihae. Of course, there are also plenty of gorgeous sites in the area too.


Hale I'a Da Fish House

If you are looking for a traditional Hawaiian restaurant, head to Hale I'a Da Fish House. Here, the poke bowls are particularly outstanding. You can also get fresh fish at this location inside the Kawaihae Shopping Center to prepare in your RV.

Type: Hawaiian

Location: 61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kawaihae, Hawaii 96743

Kohala Burger & Taco

Grab a hamburger at Kohala Burger & Taco in the Kawaihae Shopping Center as they serve only grass-fed Hawaiian beef. Cool off with a pineapple whip or a fresh tropical twist.

Type: Hawaiian

Location: 61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kawaihae, Hawaii 96743

Blue Dragon Tavern & Cosmic Musicquarium

Start your day by grabbing a breakfast burrito and fresh coffee at Blue Dragon Tavern & Cosmic Musiquarium. Come back in the evening for coastal cuisine at this restaurant that puts great emphasis on buying locally and operating a sustainable business. Stick around to listen to live music four nights a week and enjoy dancing on the outdoor dance floor.

Type: Hawaiian

Location: 61-3616 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Hawaii 96743

Seafood Bar & Grill

Grab a seat at the 70-foot mango wood bar at Seafood Bar & Grill and treat yourself to a tropical cocktail before enjoying a fresh seafood entrée, like Cajun-style fresh catch, ginger steamed crabs, or indulge in their prime rib dinner. Watch the latest sporting events on the three televisions or enjoy a quiet conversation with locals at this small second-story restaurant.

Type: Sports bar

Location: 61-3616 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, Hawaii 96743

Copper Bar

Locally sourced ingredients are used to create tapas at Copper Bar. They also serve handcrafted cocktails and have an extensive beer and wine menu. This restaurant is located at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Type: Tapa bar

Location: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kawaihae, Hawaii, 96743


Kona Sports

Find sports equipment and apparel for sale at Kona Sports. This store also sells and rents a variety of sporting goods, including e-bikes and snorkeling gear.

Location: 4-5035 Ka’ahumanu Hwy Suite #1101, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

Snorkel Bob's Mauna Lani

Snorkel Bob's Mauna Lani will sell or rent you the snorkeling equipment that you need. They can also arrange many different tours and activities for you, including boat and helicopter tours, luaus, ziplines, and more.

Location: 8-1330 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea, Hawaii 96743

Waimea General Store

Find imported and locally produced unique food items, children’s books and toys, stationery, souvenirs, and more at the family-owned Waimea General Store that has been in business for over 50 years.

Location: 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd #112, Waimea, Hawaii 96743

Rare Hawaiian Honey Company

Select from the assortment of raw, certified organic honey at the Rare Hawaiian Honey Company. Much of the nectar used by the bees to produce the honey comes from the 1000-acre Kiawe forest.

Location: 66-1250 Lalamilo Farm Rd, Waimea, Hawaii 96743

Gallery of Great Things

Find artwork in many different forms from over 200 artists at the Gallery of Great Things. While you will find many pieces created by local artists, you may also find pieces from Sulawesi, Borneo, Kalimantan, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Thailand, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Bali.

Location: 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd Suite #113, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743


Puʻukohola Heiau National Historic Site

With walls about 18 feet thick, Puʻukohola Heiau National Historic Site is a rock formation that was constructed in 1790 by Kamehameha the Great as an altar when he was told that he would rule all of Hawaii.

Location: 62-3601 Kawaihae Rd. Kawaihae, Hawaii 96743

Spencer Beach Park

You can have a picnic at Spencer Beach Park before taking a swim and playing on the beach.

Location: 62-3461 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743

Kahua Ranch

Take a trail ride or an ATV excursion at this working ranch. Consider attending their weekly campfire programs at Kahua Ranch.

Location: 59-564 Kohala Mountain Rd, Waimea, HI 96743

Mahukona Beach Park

Abandoned by an old sugarcane company, Mahukona Beach Park is a popular place to go swimming and snorkeling. See the abandoned old sugar mill equipment. This spot is very photogenic.

Location: Waimea, HI 96743

Parker Ranch Headquarters

Parker Ranch is the largest ranch in Hawaii. Watch a 20-minute film about the history of this ranch before going on a self-guided tour of the two-story “saltbox” koa-wood house and the family’s mansion filled with artwork and mementos.

Location: 66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743

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How to Get to
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is easy to reach from Kawaihae, Hawaii. Leave town on Hawaii 270 going southeast toward Spencer Beach Road. You'll then turn right on Hawaii 19. Veer slightly right to get on Hapuna Beach Road. Turn left on Old Puako Road. Follow the bends in this road until you reach the park in about 0.1 miles. 

Entering Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Per car (non-Hawaii resident) : $5

Per Hawaii resident : $0

Commercial PUC vehicles (1-7 passengers) : $10

Commercial PUC vehicles (8-25 passengers) : $20

Commercial PUC vehicles (26+ passengers) : $40

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is an exciting stop to include when visiting the Big Island of Hawaii. You'll have the time of your life as you hike or play on the sandy beach. If you've visited this state recreation area, then share about it on your social media feeds. Tag RVshare in your comments because we want to see what you have to say. You can also send your stories and photos by emailing them to [email protected]