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Mau'umae Beach

Big Island, Hawai'i

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  • The parking area is accessible through the Mauna Kea Resort entrance.- Mau'umae Beach
  • The flash flood warning applies to a wash that is crossed if you walk to Spencer Beach Park from Mau'umae Beach.- Mau'umae Beach
  • The path leading down from the parking area to the Ala Kahakai Trail.- Mau'umae Beach
  • The section of the Ala Kahakai Trail that leads to Mau'umae Beach.- Mau'umae Beach
  • Mau'umae Beach from the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, which provides an alternate approach.- Mau'umae Beach
  • Mau'umae Beach is well protected.- Mau'umae Beach
  • Stand-up paddleboards and a canoe on Mau'umae Beach.- Mau'umae Beach
  • Mau'umae Beach- Mau'umae Beach
  • Mau'umae Beach.- Mau'umae Beach
  • Mau'umae Beach.- Mau'umae Beach
  • Mau'umae Beach.- Mau'umae Beach
  • Taking the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail back to Spencer Beach Park.- Mau'umae Beach
  • - Mau'umae Beach
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Pros: 
Beautiful little beach. Clean. Calm.
Cons: 
No restrooms. Entrance by hike or through a resort. Short walk over an uneven trail to the beach.
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Region:
Big Island, HI
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Mauna Kea Parking Pass
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Mau'umae Beach is a beautiful little beach located in a small bay north of Mauna Kea Beach and south of Spencer Beach. At this beach, what you see is what you get: white sand and mellow, protected water. And really, what's more to want? It's an ideal spot to spend an afternoon or an entire day, though the absence of essential amenities such as restrooms make this a bit more of challenge. The gentle slope of the beach into the water along with the low surf make this a great spot for families. You can even find sections of shade back near the rocks or to the south end of the beach near the trees. This is a gem of a beach that sits between two much more popular stretches of sand.

One of the reasons this beach sees lighter traffic is access. Those who choose to arrive by car must enter through the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel gate and obtain a pass, of which there are a limited number. Alternately, you can park at Spencer Beach park and take a short section of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail south to Mau'umae. Either way, travel light and be prepared to hike your beach bag in a bit. Once you're there, however, you'll want to stay as long as you can.

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