Current conditions at Spencer Beach Park

Beach & Nearshore

Caution

Approach the water with caution. Be aware that ocean conditions can change. This is the safest level of nearshore conditions.
Primarily for beachgoers and surfers

Offshore

Caution

Be cautious and maintain alert for choppy seas, currents, and breaking waves. Users of kayaks and other unpowered craft must be aware of strong wind, wave, and current conditions that can carry you offshore, and are capable of changing unexpectedly.
Primarily for boaters and kayakers
Learn more about these rating signs and alerts. Ratings updated Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 9:00pm

Weather

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84°F
Mostly Cloudy
Winds South at 9.2 MPH (8 KT)

Surf

SURF ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 1 TO 3 FEET THROUGH MONDAY.

Recommended Activities

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Amenities

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Beach ID: 501

Background

On the shoreline immediately below Puʻukohola Heiau, a famous temple built by Kamehameha I, is Spencer Beach Park. The park was named in honor of Samuel Mahuka Spencer, who served as the Big Island's county chairman, the equivalent of the present position of mayor, for twenty years from 1924 to 1944. Born in Waimea in 1875, Spencer was named after Samuel Mahuka, an uncle who raised him. After graduating from the The Kamehameha Schools for Boys in 1893, he held a number of government positions until his election as county chairman in 1924. Spencer died in Honokaʻa Hospital on February 28, 1960.

Spencer Beach Park centers on ʻOhaiʻula Beach, a large flat pocket of white sand with a very gentle underwater slope. A long shallow reef directly offshore and the extensive harbor landfill to the north provide good protection from the prevailing winds and offshore waves. Swimming, snorkeling, and skin diving opportunities are excellent. Hazardous conditions ordinarily occur only during severe storms. The protected beach and the facilities provided at the park have made it a very popular site, especially for families with little children. Facilities include restrooms, picnic tables, showers, tennis courts, a roofed pavilion, parking lots, a camping area, and a lifeguard tower. In the park are open grassy lawns, many large shade trees, and large population of birds, mostly mynahs and sparrows.

This description is from John R. K. Clark's Beaches Series: Beaches of Oʻahu, Beaches of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau, Beaches of Maui County, and Beaches of the Big Island published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing beach descriptions for use on this site.
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