* Mahukona Park is an old harbor abandoned by a sugar cane company.
* No actual beach here, but it is still a popular place to swim and snorkel; exercise caution as there are strong currents off this part of the island. As with most places on the island, there is no lifeguard; exercise caution around the ocean.
* Abandoned sugar mill equipment add eerie beauty to the park. Underwater, there are also pieces of abandoned equipment and a small shipwreck. Be careful around the ruins on land as they are still crumbling and have rusty, jagged support beams sticking out.
* The old sugar facilities date to the early 1900's and were closed in the 1950's. Mahukona Park is now operated by Hawaii County.
* Park has restrooms (or port-a-pots) and showers, but no drinking water.
* Camping is allowed at the park; permits available here.
Harbor ruins across the bay from the pier
The harbor is to the right / North side of the park
Campgrounds are to the left / South side
Directions: located off Highway 270 about 11 miles North of Kawaihae (near mile marker 15). At bottom of road, take a left for camping or right for old harbor.