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by Chris & Carinne
January 10, 2012
From journal The Last State
September 25, 2006
Families can also obtain a permit to camp at the designated camp areas. The weather at this beach is very mild with light tradewinds and a lot of shade. Unlike some of the other beaches along the South Kohala Coast, the water is very calm and the tides don't change drastically. There are no deep drops along the ocean floor but there is a reef that is great for snorkeling. It may be hard to see the reef on certain days because of murky water from mud and debree from the trees. Otherwise, this is an ideal beach to swim and play at.
The parking lot can get full, especially on weekends but you can usually find a space at either end of the beach. There is a lovely view of the Kawaiha'e Harbor and the Pu'ukohola Heiau (located right above the beach). You can stop at Minut Stop or the other convenience store at the Kawaiha'e Shopping Center to buy lunch or you can eat dinner at the many eateries at Kawaiha'e near the harbor. The Pu'ukohola Heiau is a very important temple to the Hawaiians because it was built (between 1790 - 1791) by King Kamehemeha (to secure the favor of the war god Kuka'ilimoku) before he united the main Hawaiian islands.
From journal Beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii