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.