If your looking for our favorite beach on the Kona Coast, this is it. Maniniowali beach, known by the locals as Kua Bay, has an illustrious reputation on the Big Island for its pristine white sand and clear blue green water. At one time it was one among a list of beaches that could only be accessed by a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle or by walking down the rough lava rock road to its shore. Now there is a nice paved road and has bathrooms and showers, though we’ve noticed they are often not working. Much busier now, plan on parking a long way up the road if you get there after 11am.
Much like its neighbor park, Kekeha Kai State Park, this beach closes down on Wednesdays. If your wondering why, review our explanation on that page. And one other piece of important information; this beach looses much of its sand during the winter months. Certain swells carry it out, then another will bring it back. So, you’ll have to check it when you arive to see what the status of the sand is during those months. But trust us, its well worth the trouble! A real gem on the Kona Kohala Coast.