Mauna Kea beach is located just north of Hapuna beach and shares many of Hapunas characteristics. Many consider Mauna Kea to be one of the Big Island's best beaches. The gently sloping beach offers excellent swimming as well as snorkeling on the two rocky flanks of the beach. Parking is very limited. You can park at the hotel or slightly further up at Mauumae beach and walk a pleasant trail to Mauna Kea..