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Big Island Pictures - Mauna Kea Beach

View of beautiful Mauna Kea Beach, Big Island of Hawaii
Big Island Pictures - Mauna Kea Beach - Located just north of Hapuna Beach in North Kohala, along the coast next to the Mauna Kea Golf Course, is Mauna Kea Beach, locally known as Kaunaoa Beach. It sits right in front of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel which is how it got its newer nickname.
Mauna Kea Beach is another sliver of beautiful sun-bleached sand cuddled by the sapphire blue of the Pacific. It is a great beach for beginner snorkelers because the sand bar is extensive and the water is not too deep. The best places to see fish is over the reef sections to the north and south of the beach when the waters are calm.
There have been known sightings of Manta Rays here and who knows at Mauna Kea Beach… you might get lucky enough to see one up close. Parking is limited and it is best to get there before mid-morning to ensure you get one of the few spots provided by the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. When you reach the gate for the hotel the attendant will issue you a pass for parking if spaces are still available.

Bio about Ron Dahlquist, Photographer of Mauna Kea Beach (Kaunaoa) Image:

Ron Dahlquist grew up in Southern California and began his career as a surf photographer. In the early 70’s, he moved to Colorado. He shot skiing in the winter and everything from rodeos to rafting in the summer. The diversity of each season in the Rocky Mountains brought endless creative opportunities. While living in Colorado, he also managed to take many trips to Hawaii to shoot the big surf. Even though Ron loved Colorado, he became captivated by the beauty and splendor of the islands. His photographs range from sports to sensitive pictures of the environment. He has won numerous awards throughout the years. This past year, he won "Best Sports Photo" and "Best in Show" in the Professional Photographer's of America photography contest. The previous year, his photograph of a surfer in the barrel of a wave won first place in the International Photography Awards, Sports Category.
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