Kekaha Kai State Park, which used to be known as Kona Coast State Park, is an undeveloped beach area and trail system in the village of Kalaoa, Hawaii. The beach section of this lovely recreational area is secluded and incredibly beautiful. The grounds are covered with plentiful trees which provide respite from the heat of the sun.
The water is well-conducive for swimming and snorkeling; however, this beach is not the preferred location for watersports such as surfing and bodyboarding as there are very few waves. Dogs may join their owners on the premises but must remain leashed and must also refrain from entering any bodies of water.
There is not a designated dog play area nor is there any water provided for canine or human consumption. There are no bathrooms available on the grounds. Owners should come to the park with drinking water, a dog dish, and poop bags to ensure they have access to all of the things that they may need during their visit to Kekaha Kai State Park.
Park officials gratefully acknowledge each owner's voluntary participation in cleaning up after their pets as is required by Hawaii state law. Kekaha State Park is a public recreational area, and entrance to the property is offered at no cost. In addition to the beach and water activities, this stunning state park is home to a number of trails.
Visitors may explore the 4.5 mile Ala Kahakai Trail which features incredible views of Kua Bay or hike to the 342 foot top of Pu'u Ku'ili, a well-renowned cinder cone formed as the result of a previous volcanic activity. Picnic tables are available at the Kekaha State Park for public use.
Sea turtles frequent the beach areas, but it is important that they not be disturbed. They are a protected species under Hawaii law, and those who harm them are subject to penalties, fines, and even jail time. Visitors to Kekaha Kai State Park are required to carefully comply with all Hawaii by-laws. This means that all canine visitors must be vaccinated as well as licensed with their respective city.