Located at the Mauna Lani Resort (Lat:19.942208, Lon: -155.87265), Makaiwa Bay is a gem not to be missed.
Kailua-Kona 45 min south
Hours: 630am to 630pm daily
From Queen Kaahumanu Highway turn makai (toward the ocean) into the Mauna Lani Resort, drive past the security office. Take second right from the traffic circle. Turn left onto Pauoa Road. First right into the parking lot.
The small shaded parking lot and public restrooms is the e official public access entrance to most of the shoreline at the Mauna Lani Resort. However, a dull and utilitarian trail it is not. Beach visitors will enjoy a trail that wanders past ancient Hawaiian trails and fishponds along with lava tubes and caves before reaching the sandy shoreline. Along with the wonders of adjacent Kalahuipuaa Historic Park, one can enjoy a boat tour and rent everything from snorkel and fins to kayaks from two beach stands.
Although this protected bay is calm enough for beginner swimmers and children during the summer months and most of the winter. Some may find that the winter surges and currents are far too strong for novice swimmers and children.