What can be seen as you enter Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is, admittedly, rather uninspiring. You may even be a bit disappointed as you begin to walk toward what has been hailed as Hawai’i Island’s premier beach. Are you asking yourself, who decided that? Please, don’t worry! Walking down to the beach from the parking lot, your view of Hapuna is revealed slowly, with every step you take. You will find on your first visit that Hapuna sort of sneaks up on a person. You are almost unprepared, as you walk fully onto the sand, for the beauty of this beach. Understanding will come as to why Hapuna has been named one of the top beaches in the world for years by critics in the vacation and travel industries. You will absolutely draw a breath at the impossibly blue water lapping against the expanse of brilliant, fine, white sand. A person can barely look away! But do look away… just long enough to hurry and choose your spot on the sandy shore, slather on the sunscreen and you’ll be enjoying that view for hours. It’s even better from the water.