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Beach 69 / Waialea Beach

Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Big Island, Hawai'i

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  • The entrance to Waialea Beach, otherwise known as Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Parking for Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Non-residents are supposed to pay a day use fee.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • This beach has heaps of signs, but a warning about unexploded ordinance certainly stands out.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Restrooms and showers at Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Picnic tables near the beach entrance.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Plenty of rules and warnings posted here.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • A path runs along the length of the beach.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • One of the small pockets at Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Checking out the rough water at Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • The trees are part of the charm of Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • The trees are part of the charm of Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • One of the small pockets at Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • A larger section of sand toward the south end of Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • The Ala Kahakai Trail passes through Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • A rope swing rests idle at Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • The larger waves come in at the north end of Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • The shaded sections can be ideal for families looking for relief from the sun.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • A path runs along the length of the beach.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Surf conditions do need to be respected here.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
  • Preparing to get pounded at Beach 69.- Beach 69 / Waialea Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Trees. Several beach areas. Restrooms and showers. Shade.
Cons: 
Rocky sections. Can feel small when water is high. Not much open beach.
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Region:
Big Island, HI
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The beach facing Waialea Bay is predictably named Waialea Beach, and it is part of the Waialea section of the Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area. It's perhaps more commonly known as Beach 69, named for the number on a nearby utility pole. However you want to refer to it, this beach is a great alternative to its much larger and more developed sibling to the north, Hāpuna Beach, and it really deserves a visit. 

As with the Hāpuna Beach area, there is a fee for non-residents to park here, and restrooms and showers are available along with a modest number of picnic tables that enjoy some shade from the trees. That's all for development, however; walk toward the beach (past innumerable warning signs) and let the trees take over, for this beach really belongs to them. It is a long stretch of sand with abundant tree coverage and pockets of clear sand. The effect is almost like a gallery of pocket beaches separated by entangled root systems and branches. Beachgoers can find small and private pockets or opt for the larger spaces with more sun exposure and room to spread out. Kids have just as much fun exploring the trees as the ocean and sand, and there is no shortage of shade for those who prefer to stay out of the sun.

To the north lies the main beach section, a larger stretch of sand where the waves come in with more shape and force and are more suitable for boogie boarding or body surfing. Use your judgment when evaluating surf conditions, which can pound swimmers from time to time. There are no lifeguards here.

Note that pets are not allowed here or at Hāpuna Beach.

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