Mau'umae Beach

Mau'umae Beach, Big Island

Located in the Big Island's South Kohala district (northwestern shore), Mau'umae Beach (view panorama) is tucked away behind shady trees and features protected waters. It is less popular than the neighboring beaches Mauna Kea Beach and Spencer Beach Park. The swimming conditions are good when the ocean is calm. Due to its seclusion, the beach is sometimes frequented by nudists who like to sunbathe in a smaller separate cove on the right (north) end of the beach.

Mau'umae Beach Overview

  • Secluded, lesser-known beach on the Kohala Coast
  • Nice place for a picnic - trees provide some shade
  • Water can be a bit cloudy, so the snorkeling conditions are only fair

Kohala Coast, HI 96743
Directions: From Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway, turn onto the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel access road near mile marker 68. Tell the guard at the entry gate that you would like to visit Mau'umae Beach. You will be given a beach pass. After leaving the entry gate, take the third right turn. Proceed until you cross 2 wooden bridges. Avoid the paved road and wooden gate (this is a private residence). Parking is available along the road at telephone pole #22 and not past telephone pole #21 (parking area is unpaved and rough in some spots). Proceed down the path to the north end of the beach. Avoid the foot bridge and property at the south end of the beach. Do not leave any valuables in the car (car break-ins have happened here).

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Reviews and Comments:
Beach is known as dog friendly by locals and residents, not a doggie beach. Very little shade. No facilities. Calm water and lovely sand.
Ingrid, Sun Apr 17, 2016
It is unfortunate that this has become a doggie beach. Used to be a very pretty beach but now there is almost always a few dogs swimming. People don't seem to care that signs are posted that clearly state NO DOG!
Karen, Fri Apr 08, 2016