We tried another beach, H.A. Baldwin Beach State Park, on the other side of Pa’ia. This is more of a stereotypical beach, long and sandy with clear water and lifeguards. It’s supposed to be good for body surfing (which growing up I called “riding waves”) but not so much today.
This beach is busier and has a lot of locals judging by all of the beach joggers and dog walkers. People in Hawaii have great tans.