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Kaunaoa Beach free

Kona, Hawai'i, HI
Kaunaoa Beach Photo info
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  • Type: Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Come early to Kaunaoa (parking spaces are few) and plan on staying most of the day. This eggshell-colored sand beach on the central, Kohala coast (in Kona) has plenty to amuse you. Snorkeling is most popular here, especially near the rocks on the Kaunaoa's left side, but you can also try bodyboarding, or a pickup volleyball game. The Mauna Kea Resort flanks this popular beach, and the staff welcomes beachgoers to use the gazebo bar and restrooms on the premises. 

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