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Mau’umae Beach




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A hidden gem

An uncrowded spot between Spencer and Mauna Kea beaches!

Calm waters

Set inland, this beach is naturally calm, making it ideal for swimming.

White sand

The soft white sand is perfect for sunbathing and building sandcastles!





Mau’umae Beach is a hidden treasure between Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park and the Mauna Kea Resort.

Since the beach is set inland it is protected from wind and waves, making it an ideal place for swimming. There is some shade back near the rocks and in the trees at the South end of the beach. There aren’t any restroom or changing facilities at this beach, so keep that in mind when you’re packing for your visit. The white sand at the beach is fine and soft, perfect for sunbathing. If you bring your snorkel gear along you’re sure to see lots of fish and possibly sea turtles in the shallow reef.



There are two possible routes to reach Mau’umae Beach. You can either enter through the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel gate and obtaining a parking pass (of which there are a limited number), or via a 10 minute hike from Spencer Beach Park.

Through Mauna Kea Resort:
Go to the Mauna Kea Resort and request a Mau’umae Beach pass at the guard shack. There are only 10 passes available at a time, so it’s best to come in the morning. Once you’ve obtained your pass follow the road approximately 400 yards and take the second right turn. Continue across two small wooden bridges until you arrive at the unpaved parking lot by the beach. There is a sign marking the trail down to Mau’umae Beach.

Through Spencer Beach Park:
Travelling North on Hwy 19 turn left onto Hwy 270. Continue 0.4 miles and take the first left onto Spencer Beach Park Rd. Follow the road toward the ocean and go left at the fork. Continue to the parking lot located at the South end of the beach near the campsite and picnic pavilion. You’ll find the trailhead near the picnic pavilion. Walk for about 0.3 miles and you’ll cross a small stream, continue along the trail and you’ll come to Mau’umae Beach.

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