Student Life Center (SLC)

Hapuna Beach State Park

Several students standing at Hapuna beach

Groups of students holding up other students at Hapuna beach

Outdoor EdVenture Program

Hapuna beach is one of Hawaii’s finest white sand beaches stretching for half a mile along the beautiful Kohala coast. The clear turquoise water is usually calm with just enough waves to have fun in. It can be a great beach for beginner boogie borders. The gradually sloping beach provides excellent swimming conditions for all ages. If the waves are above three feet it is best to stay out of the water. If you are unsure, check for surf advisory signs or ask one the lifeguards posted along the beach.

Things to do

Hapuna is a great place to just relax by lying out on the beach or swimming in the water. The small waves are perfect for boogie boarding. Along the rocky borders of the beach is some coral to see, however only experienced swimmers should attempt to snorkel here. Hapuna can get crowded on the weekends, but there is always enough room to toss a ball or Frisbee around. Volleyball net may also be set up.

What to bring

  • Sunscreen (The sun is very strong here magnified by the crystal clear water and white sand)
  • Towel
  • Hat/Sunglasses
  • Money (There are beach gear rentals and concessions available at Hapuna Harry’s Snack Bar)