Overview of Waiolena Beach Park
Located on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii between Carlsmith Beach Park and Leleiwi Beach Park, you will find Waiolena Beach Park. This park is another in the extensive lineup of beach parks along the eastern side of the Big Island. It is located about 5 miles south of downtown Hilo.
Without a traditional beach area, Waiolena Beach Park isn’t great for water activities, but it does makes for a great location to sightsee, enjoy an outdoor picnic, and listen to the ocean waves crash along the rocky shore. With its lava rock shallows and strong currents, swimming and snorkeling are highly-cautioned at this location; however, if you are a skilled surfer or even a spectator, you can enjoy watching expert surfers challenging the water’s curls. On any given day, you may also see fishermen on the shore pulling in their catch of the day. Green Sea Turtles are also frequently spotted along this beach feeding off of the algae or resting themselves along the shoreline.
To the west of the parking lot is a grassy area with pavilions and picnic tables and to the east is a large pond area. The pond is refreshing and cool for a swim, but the rocks are slippery, so use caution when entering the water (water shoes are recommended). The shoreline here is picturesque with a grove of coconut palms framing the beach’s rocky shoreline. Sunrise can be stunning from this park and the photography from here is often good. The parking lot is small but usually provides just enough spots for the small park. Whether you are looking to sunbathe, surf, or enjoy a picnic with the family, Waiolena Beach Park makes for a great stop during your stay on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo HI 96720