Wai'olena Beach Park, Hilo

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Wai'olena Beach Park, Hilo
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Wai'olena Beach Park in Hilo is a rocky area with three oceanview picnic pavilions that are charming! To the right, across the parking lot, is a spring-fed pond. People like to take a dip in the ice pond without having to walk far from the parking lot. Other ice pond swims in this area require more of a hike through long grass and over rocks. 
It's wonderful to walk half a mile from Wai'olena Beach Park, past Leleiwi Beach Park, past popular Richardson Ocean Park, to Lehia Beach Park (which is on a dirt road). All these "beaches" are small rocky areas on the water, except Richardson Ocean Park, which is a small black sand beach. There are some fantastic picnic pavilions right on the water at Leleiwi Beach Park. Be careful of cars if you walk between all four beaches, because in some spots you have to walk close to the road. To skip the busy road on the way back, walk one street back, on Nene Street- it doesn't have a sidewalk though and it is a bit deserted so only walk it with a friend.

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Red flowers and vines on Nene Street, one street back from Kalanianaole Street, where the beach is located.

The picnic pavilions and tall coconut trees!

I love the picnic pavilions.

A girl with a long white skirt walks toward the ice pond.

Swimming in the ice pond.

The ice pond is enchanting.

Clear water and ducks at the ice pond.

Green fairy grass by the ice pond.

Ironwood trees along the road.

The picnic pavilions and swaying coconut trees.


Wai'olena Beach Park is located at 2212 Kalanianaole Street in Hilo. There is a parking lot with spaces for about ten cars.


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