I first came to Hawaii on vacation nearly twenty years ago and have been coming back almost every year since. There is nothing more relaxing than a day at the beach with nothing to worry about but when to take your favorite ten mile run. If this sounds like your idea of fun, head out to one of the best beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii,
Hapuna State Beach
to start your day. When you are ready for your ten miler, head out the parking lot and turn right onto Old Puako Road, a one lane road that rises, curves, and dips through classic Kohala Coast lava flows for about two miles. You reach the end of Old Puako Road at Puako Beach Drive. Turn right and follow Puako Beach Drive another three miles through
(marked only by a general store) until the road ends at Holoholokai Beach Park. The beach side of the road is a mix of classic Hawaii beach homes and vacation rental cottages, with the latter being quickly replaced by new construction. The other side of the road seems to be more populated by locals, with everything from ramshackle two room sheds to larger more modern houses.
The area does tend to be very hot and humid so I would definitly recommend taking a bottle of water along, even if you normally click off ten miles with no liquids. You'll be glad you did. When you return to Hapuna, jump in the ocean to cool off, check out some of the best snorkling in Hawaii, and if you've worked up an appetite, head up to
Merriman's for some of the best locally raised food on the Island. Finally, end your day with a cup of
Rooster Farms coffee, which Merriman's prepares in a traditional French Press. Ah, the perfect day.