Manini’owali Beach at Kua Bay, part of Kekaha Kai State Park, is another very pretty Big Island beach, with fine white sand that slopes gently to the beautiful clear turquoise water. The swimming here is awesome when the ocean is calm, and there can be some decent snorkeling along the rocky outcroppings at either end of the beach.
During certain times of the year, particularly the summer months, the beautiful soft sand covers the entire beach from north to south. More lava rocks become exposed in the winter months as sand is carried out with the surf. Be aware of those rocks in the shallows when boogie boarding or body surfing. This is a good place to have water shoes to navigate across the rocks.
The rugged shoreline at either end of Manini’owali Beach helps when the afternoon winds start to pick up. The wind can get pretty brutal farther out in the bay, so be careful when swimming as the waves get strong and the surf can really pound you.
Because it is close to town and easy to get to, and there are some facilities here – rest rooms and showers, you will most likely have some company. And this is why this beach rated a notch below a perfect “ten.” But if it is summer the beach will be a lot larger and there is normally plenty of room.