This white sand beach is centrally located in downtown Kailua-Kona between Kailua Pier and King Kamehameha Hotel.
“King Kam” Beach is family-friendly, frequented by young children who enjoy the calm and relatively well-protected waters and gentle wave action. There are also shady areas to relax, and the cove waters are popular among recreational swimmers. Locals call it “Keiki” (Children) Beach. The pier is usually bustling with activity and lots of children are playing in the water.
Snorkeling, swimming, SNUBA.
Kamakahonu Beach is right next to the famous heiau of King Kamehameha I called Ahuena Heiau as well as the place where he had his royal residence called Kamakahonu. Kamakahonu is a picturesque beach with the palm trees and the heiau creating an impressive atmosphere. Kamakahonu means “Eye of the Turtle.”
Need to Know
Outside of the cove of the inner bay are the best snorkeling areas and popular among scuba divers as well as SNUBA. Snorkelers can swim out around Kailua Pier and Heiau, outside of the cove and in Kailua Bay, where there is an abundance of fish, coral, and other marine life.
Restrooms, equipment rentals, snorkeling gear, Hobie Cats, kayaks, swimming areas, paved parking.
Kamakahonu (King Kam) Beach is located on Alii Drive between the King Kamehameha Hotel and Kailua Pier. Public parking is located about 300 yards from the beach.