Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Manini’owali Beach in Kua Bay is the most northerly of a trio of beautiful beaches set in Kekaha Kai State Park. Whilst it would be nearly impossible to say which of these three beaches is the best it is certainly the case that Manini’owali Beach is the most easily accessed. Of course this also means it is the most popular, however the beach here still retains something of a secluded feel and rarely feels crowded.

The beach itself is fairly modest in size. Bookmarked by rocky lava outcrops Manini’owali consists of some of the finest white sand on the Big Island. The water is crystal clear turquoise and during the calm summer months it is near impossible to resist a dip.

Although not too far off the beaten track the beach at Kua Bay doesn’t have much in the way of amenities. Beyond restrooms, showers and a few picnic tables you’ll have to fend for yourselves. As well as plenty of water you should also bring some shade as there isn’t any natural cover.

There is now a lifeguard station at Manini’owali which means the swimming and snorkeling are generally safe and fun, however some caution is advised, particularly during the winter months.

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Also known as:

Kua Bay


  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Swimming/bathing


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