What to bring to the beach & what to do

Planning for your trip to the beach seems to always end in the same way: what do you bring and what do you do while on the gorgeous sandy shores of Hawai’i? We know that traveling to the tropical paradise of Hawai’i Island means everything from dramatic lava landscapes to lush greenery and some of the world’s most pristine beach fronts. From beautiful ocean views and soft, white sand, you’re going to want to know what to do and more importantly what to bring for your day at the beach. When planning your vacation to one of the best Hawaii five star hotels, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, we know that packing can be difficult, but we’ve got you covered! Here is what you’ll want to bring along for your beach getaway and all the fun things you can do at Kauna’oa Bay along the stunning Kohala Coast.

Your Beach Must-Haves

Grab your luggage, tote, and carry-on because a trip to one of Hawaii’s most legendary hotels means light packing with a tropical clothing line-up for those days at the beach. Think of light colors if you’re going to be under the sun for awhile. White, pale colors such as light blue, light green, and yellow, all help to reflect the hot summer sun while dark-colored clothing attracts the heat and tends to make you warmer. Lighter apparel made of linen or cotton provides breathability and therefore is the fabric of choice for many beach-going travelers. Plus, garments made of these natural materials are staples in the summer months when heat from the sun can be strong. Lighter-weight clothing options roll-up efficiently, meaning you’ll have extra room in your bags for souvenirs!


  • Swimsuit
  • Beachwear or cover-ups
  • Dresses
  • Rompers
  • Tops
  • Pants or Shorts
  • Lightweight outerwear, jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Comfortable Shoes, sandals, “flip-flops”


  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hair-ties
  • Book/magazine
  • Music
  • Waterproof container
  • Beach Tote


  • Facial toiletries
  • SPF Sunscreen without oxybenzone; it harms the coral reefs
  • Aloe Vera (or ask the hotel to supply you some that is fresh picked)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Feminine care products
  • Hair care products

Carry-on essentials

  • 1-2 days worth of clothing
  • 1 set of pajamas
  • Undergarments
  • Medications
  • Small first aid kit
  • A small collection of toiletries in an approved liquids bag
  • Snacks
  • Water

Beach Activities for All

Ready for a dream beach vacation? So are we, and there isn’t a better place to stay than one of the top Hawaii five star hotels! Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is located right on the stunning shores of Kauna’oa Bay on Hawaii Island’s Kohala Coast. This much-lauded beach is particularly special because it is one of the few white sand beaches in Hawaii comprised of silica rather than coral or lava.

Activities from Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Beach Club offer a great way to explore the area. From the sandy coastline to the beautiful underwater world that awaits, we’ve got it all here! Complimentary beach activities include introductory lessons for canoeing, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, bamboo pole fishing, feeding fish, and Hawaiian throw net demonstrations. Along with that the Beach Club also offers a wide range of ocean adventures for purchase. Learn about equipment rental, ocean activity lessons, canoe adventures, and Manta Moonlight Snorkel Adventures, when you check out the Beach Club Activities and Price List.

Whether you’re looking to bask in the sun and work on your tan, or you’re ready to explore above, and below the ocean’s surface, the team at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is ready to help ensure a perfect day. From fine dining to first-class accommodations and gorgeous ocean views of award-winning Kauna’oa Bay, there is something for everyone when spending a day on the beach under the Island sun.

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