About Hapuna Pt

Just a few miles south of Kawaihae Harbor is Hapuna Bay, one of the Big Island's most beautiful beaches. While not the greatest surfing spot on the Big Island, Hapuna can turn on, but it is more often than not shadowed from big N swells by the northern tip of the Big Island, and from S swells by the southwest coast. Big, winter W swells, however, can transform Hapuna Bay's southern edge into a spectacular lefthand point-break. The rest of the time, Hapuna's long, wide sweep of golden sand beach is a haven for skimboarders, bodyboarders and bodysurfers. This shoredump breaks over sand, and the outer wave breaks over shallow reef.

Source: Hapuna Pt Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Ability levels varies with the skimming, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing activities, as well as the size of the swell.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Humility and respect appreciated.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Beautiful beach with easy access, so usually always people.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Usually always shorepound, but a big WNW swell in winter can transform the southern edge of the bay into a spectacular left-hand point-break.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Very short paddle for the shorepound, while the left point (when breaking) is much more of a paddle.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


On bigger swells, the shorepound can slam the crap out of you. Shallow reef at the outer point.


Easy. Straight off the highway with parking at Hapuna Beach Park.

Bring Your

Bodyboard, skimming, bodysurfing, shortboard


Sand for the shorepound off the beach. Rocky reef off the left point when breaking.

Best Season

Year-round. Winter NW-WNW swells and summer SSW-SW swells.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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