Kehena Beach

Phone (808) 961-8311
4 stars from 4 reviews
Address Moana Kai Pali St, Pahoa, HI 96778
A black sand, clothing optional beach.

Features
• Type: Nude Beach • Type: Shady
• Sand Type: Black • Parking: Poor / Few
• Good For: Dolphin Sightings

Matt Anderson's Take
Kehena Beach, sometimes called Dolphin Beach due to the frequent sighting of Spinner Dolphins, was created by the 1955 lava flow that came through this area, which you'll see all over the place around this area. The lava dries into rock and breaks down into black sand that makes up the beach.


The beach is surrounded by trees and backed by a sheer cliff, so that means getting down here isn't always easy and certainly not for everyone. Parking is available via a small lot near the mile marker #19 and along the road in some spots. You'll then follow a path down to the beach, going slow and being very careful along the way.


At the bottom is a beautiful black sand beach that is popular with the locals. It's also popular with the clothing optional crowd. That's right, this is another unofficial nude beach. With that in mind, it may not be best for kids unless you like answering questions. You'll also want to leave the camera tucked away until you get down there to assess the situation. Nudists and nude beaches sound like a fun time but Victoria's Secret models don't come here so let us assure you, what will be seen here cannot be unseen.

It's a good beach to hang out and enjoy the views but not a place you'll want to swim unless the ocean is very calm. It can be very dangerous during high surf so only enter the water if you know what you're doing and things look okay. Also note that there are no facilities of any kind here.

Also, don't even think about taking home Lava Rock & Sand Souvenirs from this beach unless you're looking to be on the bad end of Pele's wrath.
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kellie--1974
Joined: Sep 2016
Reviews: 13
Likes Received: 0
This was a very interesting beach since it was a clothing optional beach and a lot of the people there were clothing optional. The surf is very strong at this beach and therefore getting in and out of the water was sometimes a challenge but none the less very beautiful.

The walk down to the beach was also a challenge but not bad if you took your time and watched your step. Would recommend as an interesting place to visit, but would not take my young children to this beach. A lot of the people were also swimming out to a far rock out into the ocean but would not try that myself though.
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Lori H
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 234
Likes Received: 3
Kehena beach is not a great beach to come to unless you are looking for a clothing optional beach. To get to the beach you have to park on top and hope that your car won't get broken into, then climb down a cliff. The water isn't that clean so I wouldn't recommend swimming in it. You will also see a lot of hippies sunbathing, playing music, or running naked on the beach.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Love this beach. It's picturesque, away from the crowds, and has a nice shore break that churns up seashells. It is secluded, and it takes an effort to climb down and see, but the scenery is great. And I'm not talking about the nudies. I spoke to an older lady in her 60's, and she told me that she had been nude sunbathing there for 20 plus years. Her skin was kind of wrinkly, so I believed her. But she was carefree and had a glow about her that you only see on people that are actually content. So maybe next time I'll leave my board shorts next to my sandals and enjoy the carefree lifestyle.
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Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11144
Likes Received: 25
Kehena Beach has an overall 4 star average rating from dozens of reviews.
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