Keiki Ponds is great beach in Kona for kids because it offers a white sandy beach and a warm cove for swimming. You’ll never find big surf here, so it’s perfect for little ones to play safely! I also think this is a great spot to meet a girlfriend for lunch and get a tan on a quite calming beach. If you get hot, it’s just as good if not better then a refreshing pool to dip in.
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Where to park?
The best place to park is in the parking lot of the gymnasium. If you are heading down kuakini highway you’ll pass lex brodies and then shortly after you can turn right into the gymnasium parking lot. You’ll want to park near the grassy field. Just a heads up it doesn’t look like your at the beach!
You will need to walk across the baseball field until you see a small little trail with a sign that reads “public beach access”. You’ll cross through a very nice private community of homes and then a pathway for the public beach. Whenever I bring guests here they always question me if we are going the right way! But once you get here, you will not be disappointed! It is actually a very easy walk with the kids.
know before you go
Since this beach is located in a private community, you will not find any public bathrooms or showers here! You will also want to bring an umbrella because you won’t find any shade!
Whenever I come with my kids,I always bring them goggles or a mask to use while swimming and toys to play with. My 7 year old daughter loves to bring her boogie board here to swim around on. My toddler loves a ball to throw around in the shallow water. It’s great to bring toys the kids can share with other kids because we almost always make new friends here!
As for sunscreen, make sure you apply before you arrive so it has plenty of time to soak into the skin and not the beautiful water. Since this is a protected cove, we like to keep it super clean and always use reef safe sunscreen.
If you are wondering about shoes, I suggest bringing flip flops for the walk back. My kids always walk barefoot but sometimes my toddler likes flip flops for the walk across the grass and down the trail. Some kids like to wear water shoes here to protect their feet in the tide pools.
We hope you enjoy Keiki ponds as much as we do! Aloha
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