Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area is a large park and one of the few white sandy beaches. The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is also located adjacent to the beach. Hāpuna (literally, "spring" or "pool" in Hawaiian) is popular with residents and visitors. Day use pass for Out-of-State Independent Visitor Fee:$5 per visitor vehicle parking fee.Hāpuna beach has lifeguards, but can be hazardous during high surf conditions since the beach is not protected from the open ocean. The park has free admission for Hawaii residents and $5 for visitors, paved parking, pavilions, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers. Camping permits are available.Fees start at $30 per shelter per night.
There are two places we always stop whe we are nearby. The Seafood Bar & Grill is great for Happy Hour, pupus and fresh seafood dinners. On the way home we always stop at the Hale I'a Da Fish House for fresh catch of the day.
Another nearby site is Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Spencer Beach. This site is known for it's "temple" ruins and other historic structures, hiking trails, museum, gift shop and excellent swimming beaches. There is no entrance fee but donations are accepted.
There is camping at the nearby Spencer beach by permit. Swimming and day use are free.