When I was in high school I wouldn't have been caught in my pink bikini at this beach. Mind you, it's not a nudie beach, but known as the kiddie beach—Spencer Beach State Park.
Fast forward 20 years and I am cool with it. After all, I am the mother of two kiddies—both of whom do not know how to swim. If you're planning a trip to the Big Island and want a small, tame beach where the kids can frolick in the shallow waters sans big waves, hit Spencer.
We spent the morning at Spencer enjoying the ample shade and good sand for building castles. And bonus, today there was local guy walking the beach handing out tangerines—I love the aloha spirit!
After sun and fun we headed back up the hill to Waimea (Kamuela) to provision up. There are three grocery stores in this ranching town; KTA, Foodland and Healthways Natural Foods.
If you're visiting the island and need food for your modified diet, you'll definitely want to check out Healthways—but expect to pay 30% or more than you do on the mainland for those natural foods! From bulk chia and Tinkyada rice pasta to Udi's and Rudi's, you'll find it all at Healthways!