Coastal areas along the island of Hawai`i are subject to seasonal high surf. During periods of high surf, strong currents may run along the shoreline. These currents may create hazardous conditions, making the ocean unsafe for swimming. For a number of the access ways listed in this guide, access to the ocean is over rocks and other hazardous terrain. Wave activity can make getting in and out of the water difficult due to dangerous shorebreaks and slippery rocks, therefore please proceed with caution.
- Beach Road - Hawaiian Paradise Park (County) – Lava rock seacliffs adjacent to cinder road. Hiking, biking, fishing, nature study. Undeveloped. Hazardous footing, cliffs, waves and currents. Access to the county owned parcel seaward (makai) of Beach Road is between Paradise Drive and Makuu Drive. Beach Road is closed to vehicular traffic for a distance of approximately 800 feet along the portion of the roadway nearest the seacliff.
- Ahalanui County Beach Park (County) – Maunakea Pond (a.k.a. “The Hot Ponds”) situated along low rocky shoreline. Swimming, picnicking, surfing. Lifeguards, parking, pavilions, picnic tables, showers, volcanically heated pond for swimming, portable toilets. Hazardous footing, waves and currents. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Popular seaside park approximately 0.9 miles NE of Pohoiki Road and Isaac Hale Beach Park. Although not safe for ocean swimming, surfers frequently access ocean via park to surf break of Kamehameha Schools property to the north.
- Isaac Hale Beach Park (Pohoiki) (County) – Low lying rocky shoreline. Fishing, swimming, surfing, sailing, kayaking. Camping by permit only. Limited unpaved parking, picnic tables, boat ramp, and portable toilets. Hazardous waves, footing, currents, and motor vehicle and boat traffic. More information is available at the County of Hawai`i Departmennt of Parks and Recreation website or call (808) 961-8311. Very popular surf spot.
- MacKenzie State Recreation Area (State) – Ironwood grove along lava rock seacliffs. Fishing, picnicking nature study. Camping by permit only. Restrooms, fire pits, picnic tables. Hazardous cliffs, waves, footing, weather and currents. Park entrance is approximately 2 miles SW of Pohoiki Road on Kapoho-Kalapana Road (Hwy 137). More information is available at the State of Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks website or call (808) 587-0300.