Also called Kua Bay, Maniniowali beach is a strip of fine white sand in the Kekaha Kai State Park. It is located along the leeward coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Aside from the beach and the clear blue waters, there are several hiking trails and a number of lookout points from which visitors can enjoy great views of the salt-and-pepper coastline.
It is best suited for families during summer when the water is calm and peaceful. Popular activities on this beach are swimming, snorkeling and other water sports. Come wintertime, Maniniowali Beach is a surfer’s paradise with its awesome rough waves.
Amazing marine wildlife also thrives in the bay. Turtles and dolphins are a common sight during calm water. Some turtles actually swim up to the shore.
The way to Maniniowali Beach is a mile and a half stretch of rough, unpaved trail off the highway. Vehicles can get through but a four-wheel drive is usually recommended. The parking lot is unpaved as well and tends to be crowded in the peak seasons.