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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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good public, State Park, beach

The waves and white sand beach make this a very popular place to go from Kona. Take a pop-up tent... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
eaglecadd
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Seattle
Beautiful and secluded!

This beach was amazing to spend a couple of hours! The sand was incredibly soft! The beach itself... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ninabeebuzzin
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“beautiful beach” (161 reviews)
“favorite beach” (73 reviews)
“boogie boarding” (75 reviews)
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Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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"beautiful beach"
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"favorite beach"
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"boogie boarding"
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"white sand beach"
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"body surfing"
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"veterans cemetery"
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"paved road"
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"the big island"
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"big waves"
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"shore break"
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"clear blue water"
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"nice sand"
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"popular beach"
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"lava rock"
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"great waves"
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"high surf"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The waves and white sand beach make this a very popular place to go from Kona. Take a pop-up tent if you have one, no shade. Avoid if there is very high winds or high surf.

Thank eaglecadd
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach was amazing to spend a couple of hours! The sand was incredibly soft! The beach itself isn’t the largest BUT has beautiful scenery! We were lucky to be there on a day where baby whales were splashing and breaching the whole time! You...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told by some locals to make sure that we see this beach before leaving the Big Island and we are so glad that we did! You can access it off Highway 19 by turning between mile markers 88 and 89, which is right...More

1  Thank Marie K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kua beach was absolutely awesome. We visited twice during our stay, once on the weekend and once on a weekday. The weekend was obviously busier but we were still able to find a spot without much difficulty. Water was amazing color, clear and clean. Beach...More

Thank yoberhofer
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The color of the water here was the best part. The waves were VERY active so I opted out of going in. We did see a guy have to go in and rescue a rescuer of a young boy who was caught up at the...More

1  Thank OrtTravelers
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a great little beach that has many small little private areas. Find your little out of the way area and snorkel, sunbath, relax all day.

Thank chattycatty2003
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here in the 1st week of Dec 2017. Its about 20 – 25 Min north of the main part of Kona or 15 min north of the airport. Its relatively easy to find, just look for the big raised almost Volcanic cone hill...More

8  Thank Saskheat
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach was absolutely stunning - the water is clear and blue, and you can even snorkel and see fish near some of the rocks - watch out for the waves, though, as they get big near the rocks. The waves did make for what...More

2  Thank TravelingRock13
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of Hawaii’s state-managed parks/beaches, and as such offers nice restrooms, outdoor showers, and good parking. It’s very popular among boogie boarders, as big waves rise up quickly from the deep water onto the shallow shore (note: no lifeguards here). Lots of folks...More

1  Thank G C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Smaller than hapuna but also not too crowded. Got a smoothie at the food cart up by the parking lot. It was delicious.

Thank Katie B
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ldbk23
27 December 2017|
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Response from Christina B | Reviewed this property |
No there’s no bike racks, but if you park at the first parking area (no signs there, but you’ll see cars parked and a wide path to the right). You can ride your bike on the path until you enter the beach pathways. You can... More
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jamesh005
13 August 2017|
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Response from alandF6879AU | Reviewed this property |
it's been a few months since I've been there so I don't remember perfectly. I *think* the access road does not close, so it is always open. if the road has a barrier, there wll be a sign and if so, pay attention to it... More
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Bruce H
13 January 2017|
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Response from trooper92 | Reviewed this property |
From Hwy 19 north of Kona airport, look for the sign "West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery". Instead of going inland to the cemetery, drive opposite towards the sea. From the parking at the end of the access road, it is only few... More
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