Hapuna Beach Construction Costing Over $4.2 Million

Hapuna Beach project costing some big bucks!


The first of three phases of capital improvement construction costing just over $4.2 million, that will last almost a year, is underway at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. These will affect the makai and mauka areas of the Hapuna Beach section and the park’s Waialea section. Work is being done by contractor Site Engineering, Inc.

The first phase of work, which began on Monday, October 30, in the Hapuna Beach North section, has required closure of the comfort station and pavilion — a portable toilet will be provided. Replacement has also begun of the concession pathway, beach and shower pathways, and pathway from the upper parking lot. Security fencing will be installed. This phase is expected to be completed by January 7, 2018.

The park will remain open during each phase of work, however, closures should be expected in the specific areas impacted, (see below), including pathways, comfort stations, pavilions, showers and parking areas.
Portable toilets will be provided during comfort station closures, as well as security fencing in construction areas, and park signage as needed.

Hapuna Beach Section Improvements to include:

  • Renovation and repair of the 3 comfort stations in the North, South and main parking areas.
  • Renovation and repair of the 2 pavilions including new roofing supports, replacement of barbecue units, flooring and wall repairs.
  • Replacement of the makai pathway with a 10-foot wide concrete pathway/emergency roadway.
  • Replacement showers at the North and South sections, 3 new foot showers at the North, South and main parking areas, and 1 new rinsing shower in the center area of this section.
  • Replacement pathways from the upper parking area, and replacement of the pathway behind the concession stand.
  • Parking improvements – in the upper parking area: removal of existing light fixtures and restriping of this parking area to increase number of stalls — in the main parking area: adding more ADA stalls and installing bike racks
  • Related repairs and improvements as needed – ADA accessibility compliance, plumbing and building code compliance, etc.
    Mauka areas: repaving of the mauka entry road, adding an unpaved gravel shoulder/parking area near the cabins, and relocating the ADA parking stall adjacent to the dining hall.

Wailea Section Improvements:

  • Renovation and repair of the comfort station
  • Replacement rinsing shower
  • Construction of a new stairway connection from the pathway by the comfort station to the picnic table area
  • Installing new bike racks near the comfort station.

Successive phases of construction work are scheduled for:

  • Phase 2, from February to April 2018: at the Hapuna beach central and south sections including the remainder of the makai pathway, comfort station, pavilion, showers, and ADA parking.
  • Phase 3, from– May to July 2018: Hapuna’s upper areas including the main parking lot, comfort station, and upper parking lot.
    In the Waialea section, from August to September 2018: at the comfort station, shower and pathway areas.
  • At the Mauka cabin area, from September to October 2018: on the mauka roadway to cabins and dining hall.

Celebrate “World Oceans Day” June 8 at Hapuna Beach State Park

Join the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks and Big Island partner organizations, on Wednesday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for “World Oceans Day” at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area South Pavilion.

Hapuna Rainbow by Hapuna Prince Hotels

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and an opportunity to help protect and conserve our oceans. This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.”  Informational booths and educational activities will help visitors learn about Hawaii’s incredible ocean resources and how we can all help protect them. The event is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee for out-of-state visitors.

A number of different area organizations are coming together for this first-time event at Hapuna Beach, including Hawaii State Parks, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources, Division of Conservation and Resource Management, Coral Reef Alliance, Dolphin Quest, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center, Kohala Center Reef Teach, National Parks Service, The Nature Conservancy, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Puako Makai Watch and West Hawaii Marine Mammal Response Network.

Shark Attack at Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

A Kansas man suffered a shark attack Wednesday (March 18) at Hapuna Beach Park.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach

In response to an 11:46 a.m. call, South Kohala officers responded to Hapuna Beach and learned that a 58-year-old man from Overland Park, Kansas, had been snorkeling with family at the south point of the beach when a shark bit him on the arm.

He was assisted to shore and taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he was treated for severe lacerations to his left forearm and injury to his left thigh.

Swimmers were evacuated from the waters.

DLNR Closing Three Parks Early on Fourth of July

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks will conduct early closures of three parks on the Fourth of July holiday.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach State Park

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (including the Waialea Bay section), Kekaha Kai State Park (including the Maniniowali Beach / Kua Bay and Mahaiula Beach sections) and Kiholo State Park reserve will close at 5 p.m. July 4, 2014.

“We are closing these facilities early to discourage use of fireworks, which is prohibited in state parks, and to protect the public and natural resources of the areas,”said DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr.

Kiholo Bay

Kiholo Bay

Normal park hours will resume on Saturday, July 5, 2014, as follows:

  • Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area –7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Kekaha Kai State Park –9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Kiholo State Park reserve –7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As a reminder, tents may not be set up at Wailoa River State Park in Hilo without a permit.

State to Charge for Hapuna BEACH Access

Am I missing something here… How is it possible for the State to charge folks for access to the ocean?

I understand Hapuna Beach being a State Park… but at what point can the State charge folks for water access?

From today’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

…In June, the DLNR’s state board approved a plan for parking and entrance fees at eight parks throughout the islands, including Iao Valley and Makena on Maui, Hapuna and Akaka Falls on the Big Island, and Kokee and Haena on Kauai. Visitors have been paying the fees at Oahu’s Diamond Head and Pali Lookout parks for some time, he said…

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15′ Waves Close Down Hapuna Beach… Video

This is video of the surf that closed down Hapuna Beach yesterday.

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