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Mauna Kea Hotel Beach, Kohala Coast

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Mauna Kea Hotel Beach, Kohala Coast, The Big Island Hawaii

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Hawaii's Kohala coast contains some of the world's most luxurious and beautiful resorts. The good thing for you is that you don't have to stay there to benefit from them! Hawaii's laws guarantee beach access for everyone, so you can often park at the hotels in designated areas, and enjoy a stroll along the hotel's lush grounds.
At Mauna Kea hotel you can park near the left side of the beach, and dive in for a fantastic swim. The beach is a long crescent of lovely yellow sand. There are often small waves for kids to bodyboard on. The bouncy waves make for a relaxing swim. Aaah, perfection! The right (north) side of the beach, or the area out near the reef is not recommended as it can be rough, though some people do snorkel there.
At night, there couldn't be a more romantic spot. A short path with railing looks out over the golden curve of beach and the pale green water. Stop along the path for a kiss under the moonlight. Just near the path is a lookout with a large floodlight. The floodlight accentuates the gorgeous colors of the water, and manta rays are attracted to the light. Most nights you can watch manta rays glide serenely by just a few feet below. It's a great view!
The Mauna Kea has an exceptional collection of ancient eastern art and sculpture scattered throughout the hotel. The friendly concierge at the desk will give you a brochure detailing the art if you ask about it.
In the daytime, it's wonderful to stand in the open-air lobby, feel the gorgeous breeze, and look out on the incredible colors of the water. Paradise! Nothing could be nicer!
If you're hungry have a meal at Hau Tree Cafe, right by the sand. You can order a tuna sandwich or burger for about $16. If you choose this option, you can use the valet parking and get your ticket validated at the cafe, which is handy since the beach parking is often full.
Another beach to check out in this area is Waialae Beach (69 Beach) which, on calm days is just glorious, and has some great snorkeling. Big shade trees stretching over the sand make this a nice place to take kids without the risk of sunburn.

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The Buddha statue- one of the many art treasures at the Mauna Kea hotel.
The Buddha statue- one of the many art treasures at the Mauna Kea hotel.
The lookout where manta rays can be viewed at night.
The lookout where manta rays can be viewed at night.
The lovely curve of beach.
The lovely curve of beach.
The breezy lobby.
The breezy lobby.
Vibrant colors of the water! I want to be there now!
Vibrant colors of the water! I want to be there now!
Hau Tree Cafe, by the sand.
Hau Tree Cafe, by the sand.
Color of the water!
Color of the water!
Plumeria!
Plumeria!
Coconut trees in the breeze.
Coconut trees in the breeze.
Banana fronds and perfect beach in the distance...aaaaah.
Banana fronds and perfect beach in the distance...aaaaah.
Plumeria tree and turquoise sea.
Plumeria tree and turquoise sea.
A glorious swim!
A glorious swim!
You can swim far out to some pontoons to hang out on!
You can swim far out to some pontoons to hang out on!
Sand and water.
Sand and water.
Beach view from above.
Beach view from above.
SUPs and kayak.
SUPs and kayak.
Water lilies.
Water lilies.
Parrots.
Parrots.
Red flowering tree and beach.
Red flowering tree and beach.
Cafe with a view.
Cafe with a view.
Green and blue.
Green and blue.
The airy lobby.
The airy lobby.
Gold statues in the lobby.
Gold statues in the lobby.
View from the lobby.
View from the lobby.
I love the lobby!
I love the lobby!
Gold statue at the lobby entrance.
Gold statue at the lobby entrance.
 

Directions

Mauna Kea Hotel is located at 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Waimea HI 96743, call (808) 882-7222. 
Thirty miles north of Kailua-Kona, a 46 minute drive. Take Hwy 19 and turn onto Mauna Kea Beach Drive near the 68 mile marker.
There are only 30 parking spots for the public so arrive early for a swim, or else use the valet parking and eat at Hau Tree Cafe, getting your ticket validated there.

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Jim
04/18/2011 11:59
Most wonderful place to stay and restaurant and to see Manda Rays at night.

km
07/30/2010 10:54
I miss the ocean! Thanks for updates on facebook and photos that make me salivate!

Lisa
10/22/2009 20:32
Awesome.

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