Old Airport Beach Park, Kona

Old Airport Beach Park, Kailua-Kona

Old Airport Beach Park, Kailua-Kona

Turtle at Honaunau
Yellow Margin Moray Eel
Hawaii Spinner Dolphins at Honaunau

This beach park is located on the site of the original Kona Airport which closed in 1970.  Today, the runway is the parking lot for this mile long beach.  The white sand is surrounded by large lava rocks and tide pools which block the ocean’s waves.  The beach park encompasses over 100 acres and features a lava rock covered beach area with picnic tables, showers, bathroom facilities, tennis courts, and palm trees.

While certainly not the prettiest Kona beach, it is conveniently located right at the edge of Kailua town.  There is good snorkeling and diving nearby in Pawai Bay.  It is a short walk north of this beach park to the second cove.  This is at the edge of Pawai Bay, and if the water conditions permit a shore entry, you will find excellent coral and fish life.

Virtual Tour: Take a Virtual Tour of Old Kona Airport Beach

Directions: Take Highway 19 one mile north of Kailua-Kona. Turn left on Makala Boulevard, just before Mile Marker #99. Go to the end of the road, turn right on Kuakini to the old runway. Park on the old runway.

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