beaches big island

Aiopio Beach

Honokohau Beach
Aiopio Beach is rich in archaeological and cultural sites

These two beaches are located not far from Kona town. Protected by a large offshore reef, Aiopio Beach is fun for kids who often play in the tidepools within the sandy inlet, and there are plenty of shady areas for relaxing.

As part of the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Aiopio Beach is rich in archaeological and cultural sites. Honokohau Beach is a salt-and-pepper beach located just to the north of Aiopio and has a nice swimming area right in the middle of the beach. There are great views of the island’s western coastline from here.

Great For

Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and exploring.


Hawaiian green sea turtles often feed on the limu seaweed that grows not far from shore. Located near Honokohau Beach is a pool in the lava rocks known as Queen’s Bath. Within the National Historic Park is the Kaloko Fishpond that was used by Hawaiians in ancient times to raise fish.

Need to Know

The water here can sometimes be a bit cloudy though it is still fun for snorkeling and exploring.

Aiopio Beach by 1lingcod1


Restrooms. No drinking water.




Follow Hwy. 19 north from Kona and turn left between Mile Makers 97 and 98, heading toward Honokohau Harbor. Stay to the right and park in the north parking lot where a short trail leads to the beach.