Onekahakaha Beach Park is located 4.5 miles east of Hilo on the eastern side of Hilo Bay. This is an alluring beach park with beautiful, wide-open ocean views. The eastern end has a very large, sandy-bottomed lagoon protected from the ocean waves and currents by a large breakwall, making it a sheer delight to sink your toes into.
Kolekole Beach is a favorite among locals because it is one of the best places to swim in calm waters on the Hilo side. It’s great for children and babies, and there is a lifeguard. There are many fascinating tide pools to explore in the middle of the lagoon. To the northwest is another deeper pool, but the bottom is full of sharp reef. Be careful of the wana (va-na) or sea urchin. It is also more open to ocean currents.
There is ample parking and a number of individual pavilions with picnic tables at Kolekole Beach Park. If you don’t score one of the pavilions, there are several walking paths with picnic tables scattered throughout the park. Several more secluded tide pools and sandy-bottomed lagoons lie to the west, between the park and Keokea