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Mauna Kea Beach

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Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Island of Hawaii, HI HI 96743
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Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.

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Beautiful White Sand Beach

Mauna Kea Hotel has a beautiful white sand beach. Parking for non-guests is limited and goes early in the morning (unless you are lucky and arrive as someone is leaving). If you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Waiemi
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Waimea, Hawaii
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Waimea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Mauna Kea Hotel has a beautiful white sand beach. Parking for non-guests is limited and goes early in the morning (unless you are lucky and arrive as someone is leaving). If you have lunch at one of the hotel's three restaurants (pricey lunch but....) you can valet park your car. It can be windy so check the weather. In the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location, nice Hotel and staff was excellent, room service was good . The MANTA breakfast buffee food is a little pricey, you are resort in, The Big Island Hawaii, I am enjoyed Beach side the white sand is wounderful, my wife said here is Paradise. 🌱 🌴 🌅 🌿 🌵

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Santa Fe, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We do not stay at the Mauna Kea resort but like to go to its beach. In our many visits to the Big Island, we consider it by far the best beach. The arc of the beach is beautiful, and the hotel and related buildings are set into the landscape extremely well. Too, the access from the coastal road is... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach has easy entry access to the water. Bring your own gear as renting from the Mauna Kea Beach resort is quite expensive. Not sure what to recommend for public parking (we had been staying at the hotel). Several locals told us this is one of if not the best beach on the island. Great for relaxing and water... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were told that you had to get here early because only so many cars are allowed when visiting and parking at beach. Once you passed the guard, it's a short drive (pretty one) to where parking is located. We had no problem finding a spot arriving late morning but it was packed when we left later in the afternoon.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Mauna Kea resort and I see why this beach is so popular. It is beautiful with soft sand, no shells or rocks, fairly protected and quite a bit larger than other beaches we visited. Great swimming, even when the waves got big, just be careful!

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We walked to Mauna Kea beach from where we are staying at Hapuna. Apparently our parking pass would have allowed us entry to their lot, but not until January - I guess they restrict it during the Christmas holidays. It was a 10 minute walk from Hapuna along a golf cart path. The sand is like fine white talcum powder,... More 

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Great beach with lots of sand next to the resort. Not much shade. But a beautiful white sandy beach with easy ocean access.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to get one of the parking spaces and spent the day here. Great swimming beach. Life guard in duty. White sand beach. We watched the sunset on the trail between here and Hapuna Beach.

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Kea'au
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a gorgeous beach that is unfortunately dominated by the hotel and they only allow 30 non hotel,cars to'park there at any given time. Still, go,early and you get a spot. Nice swimming but since many of the guests at the hotel aren't boogie boarders, and you are, you might have the waves to yourself on a nice surf... More 

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