About Honoli'i

Located on the Big Island's east coast, just north of Hilo, Honoli'i Beach Park is a really consistent rivermouth break that offers lefts and rights that can get hollow and powerful with a sizable swell on a lower tide. The best time of year is winter, when swells from the North Pacific are at their most powerful. There is also a lefthander off the point, on the north side of the rivermouth, that can be fun. While Honoli'i is often a sure bet, it is also usually affected by breezy onshores, as steady easterly tradewinds and tradeswell occur all year long. However, watch for it to fire when prefrontal S-clocking-W wind meets a solid N-NE groundswell. The bottom at Honoli'i is reef and the beach is a mix of black sand, rocks and shade trees.

Source: Honoli'i Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels -- Depends on size.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Humility and respect appreciated.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Heavy, depending on swell quality

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Great when the rare solid NE swell meets offshore Kona winds from the SW.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Fairly short paddle. Currents can get bad at times, especially off the point.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Rivermouth flows out right here, so quality decreases depending on amount of rain, but usually OK.

Additional Information


Reef, water quality after heavy rain.


Easy. Parking at Honoli'i Beach Park.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, sup, bodyboard



Best Season

Winter, but breaks year-round. Hurricane swells can get really good here.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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