Kaunaoa Beach#5 in Best Things To Do in Hawaii - The Big Island
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Kaunaoa Beach is one of Big Island's most picturesque white sand beaches. So, most travelers recommend coming early (around 8:30 a.m.) to Kaunaoa to snag one of the too-few parking spots – and spending most of the day there.
This eggshell-colored sand beach on the central, Kohala coast (in Waimea) has plenty to amuse you. Snorkeling is popular here, especially at either end of the beach, but you can also try bodyboarding, or a pickup volleyball game. The Mauna Kea Resort flanks this popular beach, and you'll find it about 30-some miles from Kailua-Kona off of Highway 19 and nearby mile marker 68. Restrooms and showers are available. If your stomach starts to grumble, consider sitting down for a meal at the resort's restaurant.
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