What Island is Mauna Kea Beach Resort On?

The Island of Hawai’i known as the Big Island, is the largest and youngest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. The Kohala Coast is a specific region on the northwest side of the big island known for its seaside luxurious resorts, including the Mauna Kea Beach Resort, award-winning golf courses and a plethora of beautiful beaches. The area was named after the dominating geological feature, Kohala Mountain, which is the oldest of Hawaiʻi Island's five major volcanic mountains. Planning a trip? Keep reading to learn more about this magical place.


If you want to avoid bustling crowds and long lines, consider visiting Lake Tahoe during the off-season spring or fall months. If you’re looking for warm weather, summer is the best time to visit, but will also be the busiest months. If you’re booking a trip to the area based on your interest in specific activities such as skiing or fly fishing, you’ll need to visit during the appropriate season. Regardless of when you come, Lake Tahoe is sure to provide a beautiful and memorable vacation experience.

Bustling Peak Season at Lake Tahoe 

  • Summer (June-August): Summer reigns supreme as the busiest time at Lake Tahoe. The warm weather entices throngs of visitors eager to bask on the beaches, hit the crystal-clear waters for swimming and boating, and explore the surrounding mountains on hiking and biking trails. Expect bustling resorts, busy restaurants, and potentially higher accommodation prices.
  • Holidays: Major holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day, Spring Break, MLK Day, President’s Day, the Fourth of July and Christmas also see a surge in visitors, so be prepared for heavy traffic, limited availability, and potentially inflated prices during these periods.

Shoulder or Off-Seasons at Lake Tahoe

  • Spring (April-May) and Fall (September-October): These shoulder seasons offer a delightful balance between pleasant weather and manageable crowds. Spring boasts comfortable temperatures, while fall unveils a breathtaking display of colorful foliage. You'll find shorter wait times at restaurants, better deals on accommodation, and a more relaxed atmosphere compared to peak summer.
  • Winter Wonderland (December-March): While winter brings snowfall and transforms Lake Tahoe into a skier's paradise, the crowds tend to be more focused on specific areas around the ski resorts. If you're not a skier or snowboarder and prioritize solitude, winter can be a great time to visit, with potentially lower prices and a peaceful ambiance.

The weather in Lake Tahoe varies quite a bit depending on the season. The best time to visit for warm weather is during the summer months, from June to September. During these months temperatures can reach the high 70s and low 80s, making it perfect for swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities. The fall months, from September to November also provide pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from the 50s to the 70s. Winter from December to February is chilly with temperatures dipping below freezing, but is the best time to visit if you want to go skiing or snowboarding.


The Kohala Coast graces the northwestern shore of the Big Island of Hawai’i. Its beauty is a testament to its volcanic origins whose activity millions of years ago laid the foundation for the region's stunning landscapes. This area stretches from the northern tip of Kohala Peninsula down to the majestic Hapuna Beach State Park. The elevation of the Kohala Coast ranges from 120 feet above sea level at the Akoni Pule highway to 5,400 feet above sea level at the summit of Kohala mountain, providing varied climates and terrain. The panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean to the west, the three mountains Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Mauna Kea to the south, and Kohala Mountain to the northeast, are truly breathtaking and magical.

The rocky wave swept Kohala Coast boasts some of Hawaii's most captivating beaches. Each of the major resorts along the coast has its own stretch of white sand beach, but per Hawai’i State law, all beaches are public access (use of the resort’s facilities is not included). A haven for beach bliss, there are numerous beaches on and around the Kohala coast. 

Some of the best beaches include: 

  • Hapuna Beach State Park: A vast expanse of white sand, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.
  • Mauna Kea Beach: Pristine waters and soft sand, perfect for relaxation and water activities.
  • Kahalupaloa Beach: A secluded cove offering a more intimate beach experience.
  • Spencer Beach Park: Has calm waters and sandy beach that’s good for kids.
  • Wailea Bay (Beach 69): Features plenty of natural shade and calm, brilliant blue waters.
  • Anaehoʻomalu Bay: Fantastic for sunset views, ocean activities, and beautiful coastal hiking.
  • Pololū Valley and Waipiʻo Valley: Known for rugged black sand beaches. Neither is suited for swimming because of frequent and strong currents.

Golf has become synonymous with the Kohala Coast in part due to the annual Senior PGA tour stop there and the former Senior Skins games that brought together golf legends like Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer. Kohala is a golfer’s dream come true where you can challenge yourself on championship courses designed by renowned golfers set against breathtaking backdrops. If golfing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other activities to do including hiking through scenic landscapes, and a plethora of water based activities from snorkeling vibrant coral reefs to kayaking along the coast or whale watching. 

The massive mountains on the Big Island create a dry side and wet side of the Island.   When the winds bring humid ocean air up against the mountains it provides lots of rain on the East side while the west side of the Island is sunny, dry and warm. It’s said to be “eternal springtime” on the West side, with almost constant warm and sunny weather. The average high and low in the coolest month (February) is 82˚, and the warmest month (September) is 88˚. Evenings are typically in the mid 70s to low 80s, and it’s rare for the temperature to ever drop below 70˚ on the coast. 

The Kohala Coast offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, luxurious amenities, and exciting activities. Whether you crave relaxation on pristine beaches, exploration of cultural wonders, or a taste of adventure, the Kohala Coast promises an unforgettable Hawaiian experience. Check out our Vacation Rentals in Hapuna Bay. Call us at 888.598.6353 or email reservations@eastwest.com for help planning your next beach resort trip.