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 Mauna Kea Beach (Kauna'oa)

Mauna Kea Beach

Kauna'oa Beach at Mauna Kea has long been considered one of “America’s Best Beaches.” This natural crescent-shaped white sand beach is located in the Mauna Kea Beach Resort. Known for its clear waters and beautiful sunset views, the beach is an excellent location for snorkeling, stand-up paddling and any number of ocean activities. In the winter, northwesterly swells offer visitors a chance to catch some Pacific surf. If you are a guest of a Mauna Kea property, for a small fee you can enjoy full resort privileges with pool access, towel/lounge service, and a charge account among the many perks. There are also a limited number of public access parking spots available for non-guest visitors (come early). Even if you are not staying in a Mauna Kea property, we highly recommend spending a day at Kauna'oa Beach. Take a vigorous beach stroll, a swim across the pristine bay, or just soak up the sun in a tropical setting that's better than a postcard. Round out the day with a beachside lunch at the Hau Tree Restaurant and a tour of the Buddhist-inspired art that adorn this historic hotel.

Hapuna Beach


Hapuna Beach was rated the “Best Beach in America” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine in 1993. Hapuna Beach is a ½ mile long stretch of powdery white sand and is a great beach for swimming and boogie boarding. The water is calm most of the year and is a popular training spot for triathletes. In winter, the high surf draws crowds for the great body surfing. The North side of the beach is cradled by the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and guests with Mauna Kea resort privileges will also have use of the Hapuna resort facilities. The Hapuna Beach State Park public parking is accessible from the main highway entrance. Public facilities include rest rooms, picnic tables, BBQ pavilions, and a small food concession.  The park is open during daylight hours and there is $5/vehicle parking fee if you do not have a Hawaii state ID.

 The Beach Club at Mauna Lani


The Beach Club is a private beach exclusive to residents and guests of the Mauna Lani Resort. This white sand beach faces perpendicular to the ocean waves, providing a protected lagoon excellent for swimming all year-round (great for small children). The Beach Club also offers arguably the best snorkeling on the island. There is a small shack by the beach where guests can rent all their snorkel gear and other ocean equipment like stand up paddleboards. The Beach Club provides lounge chairs, cabanas, showers, and protected parking. Guests of one of our Mauna Lani Resort properties will receive a parking access card upon check-in. The beach is adjacent to a network of scenic walking trails and ancient fishponds that make for a beautiful walk. Napua restaurant is located seaside in the club pavilion and is now open for lunch and dinner.

Anaeho'omalu Bay (A-Bay)


Anaeho'omalu is a spectacular white sand beach in the heart of Waikoloa's royal past. It fronts the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and is enjoyed by guests and locals alike. Bordering the beach are ancient lava rock fishponds that were built and maintained by the Ali'i (Hawaiian royalty) to feed the Kanaka (people). The bay is protected from the major ocean waves by an outlying reef and is a popular spot for water sports like kayaking, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Equipment rental and instructional lessons are available right there on the beach by Ocean Sports. A-Bay also provides public restrooms, showers, picnic tables, beach chairs, and ample parking for visitors. SKM staff highly suggests that you check out the Lava Lava Beach Club, an idyllic new restaurant on the south side of the beach that will not disappoint.