Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Black Pot Beach Park is a popular recreation spot located at the point where the Hanalei River meets the sea in Hanalei Bay.

The Beach Park itself has a spacious lawn area with tall shade trees, sandy shore, the peaceful Hanalei Pier where locals can often be found fishing, a reef-protected waterfront great for wading in the gentle water, waves slightly further out that are a favorite for surfers, and a popular put in site for accessing the Hanalei River. 

The beach gets its name from a large black pot that used to be present at the park for cooking fish during celebrations. These days the park is still the site of large gatherings, where locals will often fill up the lawn and shore area during sunny weekends. The surrounding dramatic landscape makes the beach a popular place to catch the sunset in the evenings.

The beach park itself has horseshoe pits, sinks and cold showers, picnic tables and benches, and flush bathroom facilities. The area used to be open for county-permitted camping, however as of 2021 that is no longer the case.

Easily accessible from the town of Hanalei, Black Pot Beach Park's single dirt parking lot tends to fill up during busier times, with extremely limited street parking outside of the lot. Locals will often drive out and park right on the beach. If you'd like a spot to get on the water and surf, swim or kayak, or would prefer to throw out a chair in the shade beside Hanalei Bay's turquoise waters or walk out on the fishing pier to catch the sunset, Black Pot Beach Park is the spot where you can do it all.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Variety of activities.


Parking tends to fill up.


ADA accessible
Big vistas
Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Potable water



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