Description - This large beach park encompasses over 100 acres immediately north of Kailua-Kona, that surrounds the abandoned commercial airstrip.
- The Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area contains a lava rock-covered beach area with picnic facilities, showers and restrooms. A special events pavilion is available for rental. The lava limits water access to a few breaks in the rock, but the park is excellent for shore fishing and tide pool exploration. Tennis courts, a soccer field and ball field are maintained on the property.
Recreation - This site is a good place for tide pool exploration, shore fishing and picnicking. The northern portion of the park has water access for snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing.
Climate - The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.
Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.
This park is located north of Kailua-Kona on the leeward shore of Hawaii. It can be accessed from the end of Kuakini Highway.