Saturday, April 4, 2009

Kona keiki beach

This sandy-bottomed ocean pool in the lava reef is just around the point from all the hubbub of Kailua-Kona, a quick getaway for local parents and keikis (kids) to take safe dip and log some beach time. Private property next to King Kamehameha Hotel in Kona prevents tourists from stumbling upon this fun place.

To find it, you have to drive a short distance around to Old Airport Beach, park at the swim center, and walk across a soccer field to the shoreline public access. The tranquil spot has seen its turmoil: In the 1980s locals had to fight developers to keep the access in tact, and way back in late 1700s, King Kamehameha named the nearby point Kukailimoku, after his war god.