Beaches, after all, are one of the first things most people think of when they consider vacations to Hawaii. Remember that most of these beaches have no lifeguard and many don't even have drinking water. The ocean is a great joy, but it can change from friend to foe in one breath. Treat it with respect, don't snorkel or boogie board where you don't see anyone else doing it (not counting young local guys who grew up on a boogie board!), and don't turn your back on the waves!
The Big Island is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain; consequently, there just aren't as many accessible beaches as you'd find on the neighbor islands. There simply hasn't been enough time for the shore to erode. Still, the Big Island has some of the most gorgeous and enjoyable beaches around.
Condo In Hawaii Beaches - Chosen by Conde Nast Magazine as one the world's best beaches on two occasions. Ask for a beach pass at the gate and go early as only a limited number of cars are permitted at one time. Located just north of Hapuna Beach, about a 35 minute drive north of Kona
Kona Web - Surf Happens All along Alii Drive between Kailua and Keauhou, there are little pocket size beaches and surfing spots. Pahoehoe Beach Park, White Sands, and our premiere snorkeling beach, Kahalu'u Beach Park, are all found in these parts. Most have some facilities, though parking can be an issue
Alternative Hawaii - A beautiful white sand wilderness beach considered to be one of the best swimming and snorkeling beaches on the island. Hazardous in winter months during periods of heavy surf and rip currents. Historic coastal trail.
Lonely Planet - The best beach is one that you've probably heard of: Hapuna. The fine, white sand stretches gracefully along the shore for a half-mile. On days that there's moderate surf, body boarding is excellent. There's always a lifeguard stationed here, plus shade trees, picnic pavilions and concessions
You Tube Video - White, Black and Green Sand Beches, Big Island, Hawaii
You Tube Video - Hapuna Beach Big Island of Hawai'i
You Tube Video - The White Sandy Beaches of Hawai'i. One of many reasons to visit the Aloha State.