About Mauumae Beach on Kona & West Island, Hawaii
Mau’umae Beach is a hidden gem that few folks know about. While it’s definitely not as cool as nearby Mauna Kea Beach, it can be a superb alternative if all the parking passes for Mauna Kea are taken when you get to the resort. This beach has good sand and some space for sunbathing, plus shaded areas too. Swimming here is excellent unless there’s a high surf. Snorkelers can get into the water and enjoy the coral reefs on the north end.
To find Mau’umae Beach, see our map and make sure you get a paper map when you ask for access to this beach (pronounced “Mow-My”) at the entrance gate. You’ll need to put this map on your dash when you park.
Even with the paper map it’s a bit confusing. In just under a half mile from the entrance station, you’ll turn right off Mauna Kea Beach Drive onto an unmarked road through the golf course. When you get to some buildings go around them on the left and follow the old paved road as it goes over a couple rickety wooden bridges. When the pavement runs out and the road gets real rough, look for a parking space (not past telephone pole 21). This drive is a half mile or so from the main resort road. There are notes on the map that are helpful.
A trail descends from the parking area to the shore where it intersects another trail known as the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Turn left on this trail and it goes to Mau’umae Beach in just over 100 yards. This trail continues south to a hidden beach in a short distance (Waiulaula Gulch Beach) and goes all the way to Mauna Kea Beach if you want to go there and couldn’t get a parking pass. Heading north on the Ala Kahakai Trail takes you to Spencer Beach Park (and restrooms!).
Mauumae Beach closes at sunset so get out before they close the gate and lock you in. If you leave early in the day, return your parking pass/map to the entrance gate so someone else can enter for the day – it’s good karma.
- Waiulaula Pl
Waimea, HI 96743
- Other Names
- Mau'umae Beach, Mow-My, Mau'u Mae
- Pet Details
- Dogs are allowed on-leash at this beach
- Free parking (get a pass at entrance gate)
- Swimming, Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Hiking
- Trails, Shade Trees
4.2 miles away
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