Come visit us
Kahalu‘u Bay is truly a unique place, offering spectacular and easily accessible snorkeling with a colorful diversity of fish and coral. Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center (KBEC) was established in 2011 to promote “reef etiquette” to visitors in an effort to protect the bay’s fragile ecosystem, and to develop a long-term plan that will improve Kahalu‘u Beach Park’s public facilities and ensure the bay and park remain a clean, safe, and welcoming place for visitors and residents alike.
Certain sunscreens contain harmful chemicals that can kill coral larvae and contribute to coral bleaching. Before you enter the ocean please check out this list of reef-friendly sunscreens and where you can buy them in Hawai‘i.
Get the latest news about the County of Hawai‘i Surf School Management Program at Kahalu‘u Bay and access the Invitation for Bids.
Download our Kahalu‘u Cookbook for healthy, Pacific Island-inspired recipes developed by keiki in our 2017 Youth Leadership Program.
KBEC is located in Kahalu‘u Beach Park and is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day that the park is open. We offer snorkel rentals and packages right on the beach! Plus, with every rental, you’ll receive a free bay orientation so you can learn how to enjoy the bay without harming its fragile corals and marine life.
Interested in volunteering? We offer several rewarding opportunities!
- Our ReefTeach volunteers patrol the Bay and make sure that everyone knows what corals are, about the different types of fish and invertebrates in the Bay, and about the ecology of the reef.
- Our Citizen Science volunteers collect valuable scientific data that help us track the health of the bay.
- Volunteers at Kahalu‘u Bay Education Center welcome our guests and inform them about reef etiquette and marine life identification, help visitors be properly fitted with snorkel rental equipment, and provide assistance with our retail products.
We provide all training! For more information and to sign up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-887-6411.
Kahalu‘u Beach Park Master Plan
KBEC is in the midst of a ten-year plan to protect Kahalu‘u Bay through the implementation of a Kahalu‘u Beach Park Restoration Plan. This new model of partnership between a non-profit organization and the County of Hawai‘i is an exciting opportunity to mālama (care for) one of Hawai‘i most treasured cultural and environmental assets.
Learn how to enjoy the beauty of Hawai‘i’s coral reefs without damaging them.