Mahai'ula Beach

Mahai'ula Beach, Big Island

Mahai'ula Beach is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park on the Big Island's west coast. It is located about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the Kona airport and is accessible via a rugged dirt road. This white-sand beach is backed by trees, which reach down almost to the water's edge, so there are some shady spots. The swimming conditions are usually good when the ocean is calm. From the beach, a coastal lava trail leads north to neighboring Makalawena Beach, about a 15 to 20-minute walk.

Mahai'ula Beach Overview

  • Part of Kekaha Kai State Park
  • Beautiful and fairly secluded white-sand beach
  • Good swimming when the ocean is calm
  • Nice beach for relaxation, beach has shady areas under trees

Off of Ka'ahumanu Highway (Route 19), HI 96740
Directions: From Kailua-Kona, take Highway 19 north. Between mile markers 91 and 90, make a left turn onto the rugged dirt road. Follow it for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the beach. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, but most regular cars can usually handle it as well. The parking area is at an unpaved lot a short walk (5 minutes) from the beach. Note: There is a gate, which is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm, but is closed on Wednesdays.

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