Laaloa Beach Park renovations to begin soon, will include parking lot reduction or removal

  • The Magic Sands parking lot has been closed for renovations for more than a year. When work begins, it will either be reduced or changed from a parking lot into a gathering area. (Max Dible/West Hawaii Today)
  • Beach goers pull up to a small, non-parking area at Magic Sands to load an unload Monday. Permanent parking this close to the beach has been hard to find since the county shut down its main parking lot in May of last year. (Max Dible/West Hawaii Today)
  • Tourists and locals pack Magic Sands Monday. (Max Dible/West Hawaii Today)
  • Beach goers cross Alii Drive just north of Laaloa Beach Park, also known as Magic Sands, from the Kipapa Park parking area on Monday afternoon. The Magic Sands parking lot on the beach's south end has been closed for nearly 14 months. (Max Dible/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — The beach is an unlikely backdrop for complaints on a sunny West Hawaii weekday.