Kahalu’u Beach Park

You may have already visited Kahalu’u Bay in Kona near mile marker 5 on Alii Drive. But you might not know that it is one of Kona’s premier beach parks.

Originally the spot of several heiaus (temples) and sacred fish ponds, Kahalu’u has the Big Island’s only surf heiau — that’s right, a temple where ancient Hawaiian cheifs used pray for good surf. Kahalu’u is also unique because of its barrier rock wall that was built, as the story goes, by the ancient Hawaiians known as the menehune.

Today Kahalu’u is known for its great Kona snorkeling, Hawaiian sea turtles, and surf. You’ll find lots of food and shopping nearby, setting you up for the perfect evening of sharing a mix plate while watching the sun disappear into the sea.