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About Niumalu Beach (Kanuha Beach) on Kona & West Island, Hawaii

Niumalu Beach is a small pocket of sand and lava rocks with easy access to Kailua Bay. It’s located on the waterfront of Kailua-Kona across from the best shave ice in town.

This is not a sunbathing beach. It’s simply a protected place to get into the water. The beach and the rock walls all around it are frequently populated with urban locals. Behind the beach is Hulihe’s Place is a gorgeous private property with guided tours operated by the Daughters of Hawaii. Shade at the beach is provided by palm trees on the Hulihe property (Niumalu means “shade of the coconut tree” in Hawaiian).

Nearby you’ll find rental shops with snorkeling gear and stand-up paddleboards if you want to get farther into the water here. You can get also get into the water at Dig Me Beach at the other end of the concrete wall protecting Ali’i Drive. The snorkeling on the bay can be quite good including large schools of fish. You can explore the shoreline south of town if you feel more adventurous.

Across Ali’i Drive from Niumalu Beach you’ll find several shops and restaurants plus the delicious and highly recommended Scandinavian Shave Ice shop.

Parking can be found along Alii Drive and in the public lot between Likana Lane and Kuakini Highway.

Likana Ln & Ali‘i Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Park Name
Kailua Bay Beach Access, Kailua Bay Fisheries Management Area
Other Names
Huiha Surfbreak
Free and paid parking lots nearby
Swimming, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Snorkeling
Shops, Restaurants, Rentals
8:24 pm, July 15, 2024
temperature icon 81°F
L: 76° H: 81°
Feels like 83.73 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:53 am
Sunset: 7:05 pm
Humidity 69 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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