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Surfing has its roots on the Big Island. There is a Hawaiian Heiau (temple), Ku’emanu, at Kahalu’u Bay Beach Park in Kailua Kona which was dedicated to surfing, and the first documentation of surfing came when Captain James Cook visited the Kona coast.  Surfing was much more than a sport or a pastime to the Hawaiians, it was integrated into their society through ritual and law and practiced by royalty. No matter your experience as a surfer, there is something extra special about sitting in the surf on the Big Island and tapping into the history and culture that created the sport.

Whether you are a first timer looking for a lesson, a beginner who needs a rental and some tips on where they can surf without getting hassled, or an experienced surfer who needs current information on swell size and direction in order to make educated decisions on where to surf, drop in to Kona Boys for all of your surf needs.

Kona Boys offers group and private lessons as well as custom packages for multiple day lessons or surf adventures. Kona Boys is proud to work with our friends, Bear of “Surfer Bear Hawaii”, and Ossian of FBI Surf School, to provide our customers with the best surf lesson experience available on the island.

As with all water sports, safety comes first so all lessons begin with an onshore orientation covering equipment, ocean awareness, etiquette, and fundamentals. Once in the water we’ll take time practicing basic skills such as paddling, turning, and sitting on the board to assure that you have a level of control before we hit the surf.

Kona Boys has one of the largest selections on the island and stock boards that appeal to all levels of surfer.  Kona Boys supports local shapers and are proud to carry surfboards from Jeff Bushman, Kent Jacobs, Mike Jacobs, Gary Young, Ted Kearns, Carl Schaper, Jimmy Lewis, and more….We also work with Surftech, Firewire, and NSP to carry a variety of epoxy boards.

Kona Boys is about getting people in the water and helping them to have the best experience possible.  To that end we carry boards for all levels of surfer and have a staff full of watermen and women that can help steer you toward the right board and spot that is suited to your expertise.

Drop in the shop to check out the boards, if you don’t see something that’s right for you, we work with several local shapers to provide custom boards, made in Hawaii.


The Big Island is just that, big and diverse.

There are all kinds of surf breaks, some right along major roads with easy and obvious access and mellow approachable waves, and others that are down nearly impossible 4×4 roads with difficult ins and outs and treacherous waves.

To help you find some of the better known spots around the island, we have provided some information bellow.  If your surfing is up to it and you have a sense of adventure, there are plenty of hidden gems tucked along the coastlines of the Big Island.  These spots will help you to get your bearings and find some fun surf. We also encourage you to  explore our coastlines and find your own secret spot.

When it comes to surfing etiquette, there are several rules that are important to learn and respect no matter where you surf. These rules are heavily enforced in Hawaii and exist to keep the lineups organized and safe.

  • Kahaluu Bay, Kona Snorkeling in Ocean

    Kahalu’u Beach Park

    You may have already visited Kahalu’u Bay in Kona near mile marker 5 on Alii Drive. But you might not know that it is one of Kona’s premier beach parks. Originally the spot of several Originally the spot of several heiaus (temples) and sacred fish ponds, Kahalu’u has the Big Island’s only surf heiau — that’s right, a temple where ancient Hawaiian cheifs used pray for good surf. Kahalu’u is also unique because of its barrier rock wall that was built, as the story goes, by the ancient Hawaiians known as the menehune

  • Kua Bay

    Kua Bay

    Officially called Manini’owali Beach, most locals and books still refer to this gorgeous beach as Kua Bay. This is one of our most highly recommended beaches north of Kona. Part of Kekaha Kai (lit. ‘the shore line’) State Park, it is a perfect beach for sunset watching, boogie-boarding, hiking, and just having a relaxed time with your family. If you’re looking for a hike, 4.5 miles of Ala Kahakai (“shore line path”) passes through Manini’owali on its way south. Ala Kahakai is a 175-mile National Historic Trail full of cultural and historical significance. The trail ultimately passes through hundreds of historic Hawaiian settlements and over 200 ahupua’a (historic land divisions).

  • Laaloa Beach Bay

    La’aloa Bay Beach

    La’aloa means ‘very sacred’ in Hawaiian. Often called White Sands, Magic Sands, or Disappearing Sands, this small, fun beach on the main drag in Kona is one of our favorites. So-named for the fact that the beach’s sand comes and goes seemingly overnight when big storms come, when the sand is in, it is a great place to relax and play in the shore break.


The Surfer’s Code

  • Respect the beach, ocean and others
  • The surfer closest to the peak has the right of way
  • First to his or her feet has priority
  • Stay out of the way of riders on waves
  • If in doubt, don’t paddle out
  • Be aware of currents, jetties and other surfers
  • Hold on to your board
  • Clean up after yourself and others less thoughtful
  • Always aid another surfer in trouble
  • Share the water, your knowledge and your stoke
  • Give Respect To Gain Respect


Information for this post taken from website.  Kona Boys is located at 79-7539 Mamalahoa Hwy.  Kealakekua, HI 96750

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