Anaeho'omalu Beach, Big Island
Anaeho'omalu Bay (also known as A-Bay) (see more photos), located on the Big Island's west shore near the Outrigger Waikoloa Beach Resort, is one of the prettiest beaches in this area. It features a long white-sand beach, several tide pools, fishponds and a large grove of coconut palms. You'll also find it better equipped than its neighbors, with restrooms, showers and parking spaces conveniently located along the shore.
Like many of the Big Island beaches, Anaeho'omalu is protected by an offshore reef. The ocean bottom drops off gently here and the beach is popular for a variety of ocean sports, including swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving, surfing and net-fishing. Dangerous ocean conditions may occur during storms or high surf.
A little way inland, you will find a circle of palm trees around two ancient Hawaiian fishponds, named Ku'uali'i and Kahapapa (Ku'uali'i is the larger of the two). The ponds were once used by Hawaiian royalty to raise mullet and other small fish. They were maintained by the fishermen who lived in this area, and the fish that were raised here were only given to royal people. That's probably why this beach was named Anaeho'omalu, which means “restricted mullet” in the Hawaiian language.
The area is surrounded by educational plaques offering interesting tidbits of Hawaiian history. Now a favorite among photographers, the ponds boast interesting colors and look simply spectacular during sunset.
If you'd like to explore a bit, you can hike the nearby King's Trail, which leads through a 2-acre (8,094 sq. m) historical park featuring rock shelters, petroglyphs (rock carvings) and other ancient artifacts. Another trail will take you to the Waikoloa Marriott, Hilton Waikoloa and other luxury hotels.
Anaeho'omalu Beach Overview
- Sandy beach with good swimming and snorkeling conditions
- No swimming or fishing in the ponds
From Kona take Highway 19 north toward the Kohala resort area. Make a left turn at Mile Marker #76. Turn left again at the road across from Kings' Shops. Beach parking is available at the end of this road.
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