Old Kona Airport Park

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Old Kona Airport Park

Hawaii

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Overview

During World War II a small landing strip was cleared near the end of Kuakini Highway. In 1947 the state approved a small terminal to be built for tourist flights, which was dedicated in 1949. The 1960s brought development of several larger hotels and resorts. Larger aircraft could not take off from the short runway. When the much larger Kona International Airport was built further North at Keahole Point in 1970, the old landing strip was used for drag racing before being turned into a park in 1976.

The facilities on the 103.7 acres of the old airport are run by the County of Hawaiʻi. These include baseball and soccer fields, the Kona Community Aquatic Center, and Kekuaokalani Gym. A 217-acre marine preserve was created off shore in 1992. A day use boat mooring is near the prominent "Shark Rock" toward the northwestern boundary. Water depth at the mooring is about 40 feet. A reef shelf East of Shark rock creates a small surf break. Snorklers and Scuba divers usually enter the water at a protected cove at the Northwestern end of the beach. On Kukaʻilimoku Point Southeast of the park sits a lighthouse to guide ships into Kailua Bay.

The old 3,800-foot-long runway is used for a large parking lot and the old terminal building is now a public use pavilion. There is a flat walking trail parallel to the runway, restrooms, showers, and picnic facilities. There are some patches of sand, but the shore is rocky, so care should be taken when entering the water except in calm conditions. No lifeguards are on duty.

Map of Old Kona Airport Park (HI)

Latitude, Longitude: 19.643396, -156.008606

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Shore and spear fishing are permitted at the park.

  • Hiking

    A jogging path covering 0.8 mile loop provides a scenic escape for park visitors.

  • Picnicking

    A large picnic pavilion and smaller pavilions are available to park visitors, pending reservation. Reservations for Old Kona Airport Park is handled by the Parks and Recreation Kona Permit Office located near the Kona Community Aquatic Center and Kekuaokalani Gym at 75-5530 Kuakini Highway, phone (808) 327-3560. Office hours are Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays, from 7:45 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • Water Sports

    Surfing, tide pooling, and other beach-related activities are available at the park.

Directions

Driving

End of Kuakini Highway (Highway 11), Kailua-Kona.

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