En route to Waipi'o Lookout on the Hamakua Coast drive, I could have easily spent the entire afternoon in the ideal and tranquil location that is Akaka Falls. However I felt inspired to head further north, once again intrigued to discover what lay at the end of Highway 19. On the way, Kolekole Beach Park, just south of the 15 mile marker, seemed like a great place to stop for a snack. It's a lovely place to picnic with a extensive grassy lawn and BBQ facilities beneath a highway bridge and by the side of Kolekole Stream. The river-mouth break apparently offers great bodyboarding and surfing, but swimming is dangerous and not recommended.

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