Kehena Black Sand Beach
Distance: 14 miles (25 minute drive)
When is it open: Sunrise to sunset
Admission Fee: Free!
Kehena Black Sand Beach is located in the Big Island’s Puna district. The beach is long, narrow, and small, essentially carved out of the side of a cliff. The sand in the beach is amazing. It is black, made possible from the volcanic ashes as lava flowed into the ocean waters. The beach is well shaded by coconut palms and ironwood trees. Swimming is possible when the water is calm only as strong rip currents and undertows occur frequently.
Kehena is a great snorkeling spot when there is no surf. When the waters are calm, you can see schools of fish, coral, sea urchins, and the occasional spinner dolphins that love to play in the surf.
The people who populate the beach is known to be free spirited, nudists, and hippies. Though public nudity is illegal in Hawaii you will often see nude sunbathers. Kehena beach is definitely a great and unique experience every Sunday when there is naked drumming and dancing all day. If you play an instrument or not, you will love to join the drum circle, even to dance. If you do not have any drums with you, people never refuse to share theirs.
There are many cars parked on the side of the road so you will know exactly where to stop. Kehena Beach is quite busy on the weekends but during the week its can be quiet and easy to drive past the entrance point. To get to the beach you have to maneuver your way down a steep and narrow pathway that descends down in a zigzag fashion. The hike down takes approximately 15 minutes to the beach. Take precaution as the trail can be muddy and slippery.