Mau'umae Beach

4 stars from 2 reviews
Address South Kohala Coast, Kamuela, HI 96743
Secluded beach near the Mauna Kea Resort. Requires short, 10 minute hike.

• Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Street only • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming

Full Description
Mau'umae Beach is located ins Kamuela on Hawaii's Big Island, just south of Spencer Beach Park and just north of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel but can be a little tricky to find at first.

Continue down Kamahoi road past the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel service entrance. You'll pass a maintenance yard and go across two wooden bridges. You'll come to a roped off fence - that's where you park. See our map / directions page for exact location. It's a good idea to arrive early since parking is limited.

Follow the trail down toward the ocean 100 yards, then turn left along the trail's T section for about 75 yards to the reach the beach.

The beach here is often empty and gives a nice feeling of seclusion, especially with the Ironwood trees behind it, and can be a good place for snorkeling if the ocean if calm. Just note that there is no lifeguard here if you get in trouble.

There aren't any facilities here, camping is not allowed, and you cannot have any open fires here.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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If you want a hidden, secluded beach on the Big Island then this is a great one. Swimming may not be best unless you're with a group that can help you if you get in trouble because you're a long way away from help here. Great place to just hang out, splash in the water, or read a book.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Mau'umae Beach is a secluded, sandy beach with a couple of volcanic rock reefs that extend from the shoreline. Mauumae Beach is good for snorkeling and enjoying quiet moments on a secluded beach. Although I recommend arriving early, the beach will be shaded from the mountains until a couple hours after sunrise. Mau'umae Beach is a bit difficult to find, but the payoff is enjoying a beach all to yourself.
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