Manini'owali Beach at Kua Bay


The northernmost beach in the Kekaha Kai State Park, this picturesque beach is just one out of three splendid beaches located within an easy drive from all Kailua-Kona. Officially named Manini'owali Beach, it is loosely referred to by islanders as Kua Bay. Of the three beaches in Kehaka Kai State Park, Manini'owali Beach is the easiest to access because of the recently improved road. Therefore it has become the most popular in the park.


Highlights: Beautiful unprotected beach with sparkling blue water and a soft sandy shoreline and seemingly eternally sunny conditions.

Activities: Boogie boarding, snorkeling, swimming depending on ocean conditions. Sun bathing, picnics.

Lifeguard: None

Warnings: Winter months bring higher surf and stronger rip currents, rough and dangerous conditions. Windy conditions are prevalent in the winter months. Stinging Portuguese man-o-war jelly fish frequent in varying numbers 10 days after the full moon. Do not leave any valuables in your car at anytime. The park is open daily 9am-7pm daily. The gates are locked promptly at 7pm each day.

Amenities: Parking lot, paved walkways, handicapped parking area, restrooms, picnic tables, trash cans, showers.


Manini'owali Beach is located 14 miles north of Kailua-Kona. From Kona International Airport at Keahole proceed north along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) for 7 miles. Turn left onto Kua Bay access road located between mile marker 88 and 89 and directly across the highway from the entrance to Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetery. The beach parking lot will be at the end of the road.

Located north of the 342 foot high cinder cone called Pu'u Kuili, this is one of the most beautiful and secluded beach in the North Kona district. The soft white sandy shoreline and sandy bottom contrasts with the dry lava outcropping scattered along the shoreline. There is one formation in particular that is in the shape of a woman. It is said that the formation is that of legendary princess Maniniowali who was turned to stone at the shore break.

Although it is simply gorgeous, this beach is probably not the best choice for families or those with novice ocean skills. Although it can be gentle and calm during the summer months when swimming is idyllic, this unprotected beach is subject to strong currents and large waves during the winter months. No lifeguards and almost no shade results in a beach best for the regular beach crowd, the experienced.

Take along a large shade umbrella, picnic lunch and beverages since there are no snack shop available.


Along Queen Kaahumanu Highway
Kailua-Kona HI 96740
GPS: 19.809346, -156.005977


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