Guide to Hamakua Area State and National Parks
If you’re visiting the Hamakua Area, here are the state and national parks you should see to gain a taste of Hawaii’s culture and unique natural wonders.
‘Akaka Falls State Park
‘Akaka Falls Rd
Honomu, HI 96728
A self-guided hiking trail that provides access to several scenic points, the highlight of ‘Akaka Falls State Park is the 442-foot waterfall from which it derives its name. While the 0.4-mile looping footpath is paved and utilizes steps in some steeper spots, it’s fairly physically challenging and not wheelchair accessible. Those who make the journey are rewarded with the aforementioned ‘Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls as well as plenty of natural vegetation.
Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park
Laupahoehoe, HI 96764
A small beach park that doubles as a memorial to victims of the 1946 tsunami, Laupahoehoe Point overlooks a lava rock point to the north overlooking a churning, active coast. While swimming is not advised here, the park is great for fishing, camping, and picnics as you make your way along the coast of the Big Island’s eastern side.
Kalopa State Recreation Area
44-3480 Kalaniai Rd
Honokaa, HI 96727
One of the few places on the Big Island that offers cabins and a recreational dining area, Kalopa State Recreation Area is a great way for visitors to stay in Hawaii on a budget. You’ll need to book in advance and bring your own bedding, but staying in this beautiful, well-maintained park connected by hiking trail to a native ‘ohi’a forest is well worth it.