James Kealoha Beach Park / 4 Mile Beach

Phone (808) 961-8311
3.5 stars from 2 reviews
Address Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, HI 96720
Nice views. Not good for swimming. Good for picnics and fishing.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Grassy Area
• Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Type: Tide Pools
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Bodysurfing
• Good For: Fishing • Good For: Snorkeling

Matt Anderson's Take
James Kealoha Beach Park is named after the first Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. It's also known as 4 Mile Beach because it is 4 miles away from the Hilo post office.


This is a pretty beach park with some beautiful ocean views but there is no sandy beach here. There are some neat tide pools and shallow areas that are protected from the open ocean.


Swimming isn't recommended because of the strong currents around here. This is a popular locals hang out as well. It does have showers, bathrooms, and picnic tables. You can probably find a better place to hang out for the day, like Carlsmith Beach Park which is right next door.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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A nice enough place for amazing ocean views but without sand it's not much of a beach. There are better options nearby, leave this one for the locals.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
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One of the many beach parks on Kalaniana'ole Avenue, James Kealoha Beach Park, (aka 4 Mile since it's located exactly 4 miles from the Hilo post office) is a great spot for swimming and snorkeling in Hilo. There are showers, restrooms, lifeguards located at this beach park. Outside the reef, you'll see surfers hitting the waves, with dolphins playing a bit further out.

Good beach for fishing, snorkeling, spearfishing, and swimming. Be careful during high surf in the central section since a strong rip current runs out to the sea. Although there are a lot of visitors to this beach park, it's big enough to handle it and doesn't seem crowded.
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