La’aloa Beach Park a.k.a. Magic Sands
Though you won't see too many waves like the Magic Sands Onshore Barrel in Kona during the summer, every once in a while a nice swell will come through to excite the masses. This photo was taken at Magic Sands (also known as La'aloa) Beach Park in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. In the summer, the beach is filled with fine, white sand, which covers the rocks below and allows for a beautiful, safe walk into the bright blue Pacific Ocean. In the winters however, like "Magic," the sand disappears into the sea, swept away by the rough swells and storms, and the black, smooth rocks lying below are exposed. It is usually at this time that young, local groms will identify their skills over their fellow tourist by flying down the face of an onshore wave on a bodyboard. With the harsh conditions and thundering surf, it is no wonder why the ambulance visits Magic Sands Beach all winter long. But now, summer is upon us on Big Island, and it is a hot one. The sky has been bright, blue, and the sun has been shining. Big hats and REEF SAFE sunscreen are a must!
When it comes to surf, summer brings a difference as extreme as night and day. The water is usually calm and gentle, revealing its glorious gleam of cerulean and refreshing sounds of small waves crashing at the shore. The ocean temperature is very inviting in the upper 70s. The rich, white sand feels like warm goodness on the bottoms of your feet, maybe even too hot to forget the sandals. The water is so clear that if you open your eyes, even without goggles, you will be able to see the white sand beneath your toe and the Weke fish gliding between your ankles.
Magic Sands is located near the south end of Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. For those of you that are new to information about Hawaii, Kailua-Kona is located on Big Island, which is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and currently has an active volcano.
There is a parking lot across the street, restrooms, and rinsing/shower facilities. Additionally, the park offers picnic tables and volleyball nets. But beware of crowds! Get there early, or get there late—going to Magic Sands in the middle of the day is a bad idea as it is usually packed full of locals and tourists alike.
Some things you should know about Magic Sands in the Summer (July – August)
1. There is a lifeguard every day at Magic Sands. 2. You do not need a permit or badge to visit the beach. 3. Magic Sands is a day beach, and camping is prohibited. 4. There is no food served at this beach, so bring something to eat! 5. There is a parking lot, restrooms, rinsing/shower facilities 6. There are picnic tables and volleyball nets. 7. There are a few trees that can provide shade during the hot day. 8. There are rocky areas. Watch out beneath your feet and make sure you don’t jump onto any dark black spots—they might be rocks! Beneath the sand sleep big rocks that will be exposed again in winter. Occasionally, they will also peek during summer. 9. The ocean is the calmest in the summer, and the white sand is usually full at Magic Sands. Check the surf, use caution, and if in doubt, don’t go out! 10. The sun is extreme at this time. Wear REEF SAFE sunscreen or just cover up!
Aloha for now ~ Deanna, Licensed Minister, Kona Wedding Officiant
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