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Old Airport Beach Park


Old Airport Beach Park near Kailua Kona

Old Airport Beach Park

The Old Kona Airport Beach Park is not the beach that tourist's flock to, though locals adore this spot. Located a few miles from Kailua Town it is probably the most popular state recreation area on the island's Kona side. If you are staying in Kailua-Kona this may be a nice place to get some sun, have a picnic, or play with the kids in the water.

As its name implies, Airport Beach was home to the old airport and was converted into a state recreation area when construction was completed on the new Kona International Airport located 7 miles north at Keahole.

Today the runway is a combination drive and parking lot and is also a a favorite hangout for locals who cruise the parking lot. The runway is about a half-mile in long and there is approximately a 50 yard separation between the runway and the ocean.

Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park and there are grilling pits, bathrooms and changerooms. A rocky wall runs along the park between the runway and the ocean for much of the way and dunes separate the remainder.

The park has many trees for shade, a few small pavilions with picnic tables are available for your use. The pavilions need to be reserved in advance. The entrance to the park features a large, fully equipped pavilion that can be rented for events. This pavilion used to be the terminal building.

There are two toilet buildings with decent facilities including an outside shower for rinsing off.
Most of the beach is like in many waterfront areas on the Big Island is smooth lava rock that runs out into the water. Since the lava takes up most of the area, not much of a sandy beach exists and the swimming and surfing areas is restricted to a small area near the start of the park.

This is a terrific place to bring small kids as there are rearely big waves on the Kona side of the island. If there are any waves, locals will be surfing or riding their boogey boards.

A track to walk, run or rollerblade on is located across the runway from the ocean side. It is .7 miles long and shaped like elongated oval, Drinking fountains are located near the start/finish pole. Facilities here also include a baseball field and soccer fields.

For divers, there is decent shore-diving. Access can be gained via an entry point at the very end of the runway. Park and walk about 50 yards before entering into the ocean. The entry though here can be a little rough if there is surf and low tide.
 
Directions: The entrance is a very short drive, just North of Kailua. Drive to the North end of Kuakini Road just a mile or so out of town, take a left and follow the road toward the ocean until you reach the entrance.

Places to Eat & Things to do

AKI'S CAFE
75-5699 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-0090
Famous for their fish and chips and hamburgers.

KONA MIX PLATE
75-5660 Kopiko Street, (Kopiko Plaza)
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-8104
Some of the best local food in Kona - mix of Japanese and Korean.

OODLES OF NOODLES
75-1027 Henry Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-9222
Try their vegetarian pasta, or seared ahi salad.


VERNA'S RESTAURANT
75-5702 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 334-0449
Local favorite