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Amazing beach!

This is an amazing beach which is great for building sand castles and boogie boarding. The current... read more

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Marty P
The best - here is why

Sand - powdery brown/white. Very fine, smooth and babypowderish Water - when high winds and... read more

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Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9799
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an amazing beach which is great for building sand castles and boogie boarding. The current can get strong, so you have to pay attention to conditions.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marty P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sand - powdery brown/white. Very fine, smooth and babypowderish Water - when high winds and swells, yes can have big waves. When calm it is amazing with few waves and a very long flat entry for a swimming/frolicking. The bottom is sandy with zero rocks....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nodoor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a really lovely beach, ended up being our favorite for 2 weeks. Parking is free, get there early via the resort. At the entrance booth, just tell them you are going to the beach. It’s a 5 minute walk down a paved path...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank christinern
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous waves and soft sand. Shade trees. Easy access but you must arrive very early to get one of the 30 parking spots. Bring snacks, water, goggles and and good book and stay for the day! Sunscreen too! Really a treasure to visit!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank julierS6486EN
Reviewed November 27, 2018

One of the northern most Kona area beaches. Often dubbed an idealistic beach though not quite. Parking via the hotel of the same name, though very limited parking.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

Genuinely enjoyed our visit to Mauna Kea Beach. We arrived about 1pm on a Wednesday so parking was not an issue however I can see how a weekend or holiday season it could be. Short downhill walk to the beach. Once near the water the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NanB306
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Beautiful powdery beach with gentle waves and gradual slope. Great for children. Easy snorkeling for kids near the rocks.Parking does fill up so go before 9 am or later in the afternoon. There are restrooms including showers. Pool side lunch or cocktails at the Mauna...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank debsimmonds
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

It is true the parking lot will be full by 9am or shortly there after. You will be turned away until a space opens up around 12 or 1pm in the afternoon. This is a perfect beach, better even than Hapuna. The sand is silly...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Chowa-Rides-Again
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

This beach is reached by entering the Mauna Kea Resort. Tell the employee at the entrance booth you want to go to the public beach. Then follow the signs for public beach parking...spaces are limited so arrive early. Weekdays are better than weekends. Walk down...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 2964mq
Reviewed October 14, 2018

We walked to the Mauna Kea resort from the Hapuna Westin a few times. It's an easy walk via the road / cart path or you can hike the Ala Kahakai trail, which is along the coast with beautiful views. Showers, bathrooms were convenient; charming...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Deborah Y
July 30, 2018|
Response from Renee C | Reviewed this property |
Yes; that's what makes it my favorite. Although the trees are more in the south and middle areas than the north. It's such a small beach though that the whole thing is accessible regardless of where your towel is (you can... More
Deborah Y
July 30, 2018|
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Response from laluna31 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can find shade at this beach.
Jack E
June 20, 2018|
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Response from glcwhistler . | Reviewed this property |
If you rent a car you might not be able to be let in if they don't have any open spaces for beach parking available. If you take a taxi or an Uber? That shouldn't constitute needing a parking space. The cost of an uber... More