Just about anyone who lives in Hawaii has a favorite secret beach.
You would think we would keep quiet, but that Aloha Spirit has a way of loosening our tongues. So here goes.
My favorite beach is Manini Beach here in South Kona on the Big Island. Manini is a small beachâ€”in fact that’s what the name meansâ€”set in a pebbly cove on Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook met his end. He, or what was left of him, is buried on a point that juts into the bay. It is also famous as a spot where many Hawaiian Chiefs are buried in the high cliffs of Ka’awaloa overlooking the bay. The bay itself is pristine, and filled with dolphins, turtles, and beautiful coral reefs with bright tropical fish.
While boats unload tourists along the northern edge near the monument, and kayakers put to sea at the State Park, I head to the southern point where, nestled among beach houses, is the small cove known as Manini Beach. Here, away from the crowds, I can swim and snorkel in solitude.
The above two neighborhood beach houses are on the market. Contact me if you would like to see one of these beach hideaways and I might even show you my favorite secret beach.