Kauna’oa Bay has one of only a handful couple of white sand shorelines of the Kohala Coast, the western side of the island of Hawaii. A noteworthy inn, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, is situated on wonderful Kauna’oa.
The word ‘kauna’oa’ may allude to a couple of various things, any of which may have been the reason local Hawaiians named this shoreline so: the principal definition alludes to a thin, orange vine with yellow blossoms, (Cuscuta sandwichiana), which is found all through Hawai’i. Nonetheless, the second description alludes to a mollusk (Vermetidae), and a third meaning alludes to an intense ocean growth (Galaxaura rugosa).
The inlet is gotten to using Mauna Kea Beach Drive, only west of state Route 19, Hawaii Belt Road, around 2.6 miles (4.2 km) south of Kawaihae, Hawaii. A piece of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail can be climbed north to Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park or south to Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area. Albeit open restrooms and showers are accessible, a set number of stopping passes are accessible at the resort door. The shoreline was named “America’s Best Beach” in 2000 by Florida International University teacher Stephen Leatherman.
The land over the cove is a piece of the Parker Ranch. In 1960 the region was a remote, fruitless, hot magma field inadmissible for cows nibbling. William F. Quinn, the legislative leader of the new province of Hawaii, welcomed Laurance Rockefeller to visit the islands as a feature of an investigation for a government commission that Rockefeller led. After going to the farm, Rockefeller was taken for a swim in the sound. Plans for a resort started in January 1961. The state consented to clear the Hawaii Belt Road to the site and construct another Kona International Airport. Rockefeller purchased the land and gave it for a National Historic Park. Unique designs were to utilize designer John Carl Warnecke and assemble a progression of little houses, yet those plans were relinquished. Rather firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrillwas contracted to utilize an advanced style.
The outside plan permitted common ventilation from the exchange winds, despite the fact that rooms had to aerate and cooling accessible. The lodging at long last opened in July 1965, a standout amongst the most costly at the time. Inns with comparative plans would be worked along the Kohala drift throughout the following decades. Farm proprietor Richard Smart arranged a long haul rent of the land. The inn was named Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for the mountain Mauna Kea which is obvious over the cove when not darkened by mists.
In 1973 a claim was documented to enable free to the shoreline. An understanding was at long last come to following seven years of prosecution. Few parking spots were made the accessible beginning in 1981, and trails opened up along the shoreline. The cove was just a couple of miles from the 2006 Kiholo Bay quake which harmed the inn. The lodging revived in mid-2009.