Ke'ei Beach

Phone (808) 323-4322
4.5 stars from 2 reviews
Address 83-688 Keei Beach Rd, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Well hidden and secluded beach. Good for relaxing, but not swimming.

• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Street only
• Good For: Fishing • Good For: Scuba Diving
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Turtle Sightings

Full Description
Ke'ei Beach is located close to Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park in the Kealakekua area of Hawaii's Big Island (and not to be confused with Ke'e Beach Park on Kaua'i). It's rarely used, except by locals who live around here. You can access the beach by driving down Ke'ei Road from Pu'uhonua Road but the road is in bad shape. If your GPS has you turning off onto a road with a closed gate, just head further up (north) on Pu'uhonua Road until you reach Keei Road and turn off there instead.

It's going to be a very bumpy drive, one that's best left for 4x4's and other vehicles with a lot of ground clearance. You might be best off parking your car before the road gets too bad and walking the rest of the way. Near the end you'll see some parking areas, possibly filled by those who opted for the extra insurance on their rental.

This beach is not ideal for swimming, but it is great for picnicking, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, or just relaxing away from everyone else. In fact, there's a good chance you'll be the only one here during the week. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, this is magazine quality stuff here. Unfortunately, you won't find any facilities here.

There is a great deal of historical significance here. This is where Battle of Mokuohai took place, which was King Kamehameha The Great's first battle in his effort to gain control of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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Not a good swimming beach at all but a really cool place that really feels secluded. Bring a camera because there can be some great turtle sightings here.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Ke'ei beach is not exactly the easiest beach to visit, but it's really the quintessential Hawaiian Beach. You'll need to use a jeep to get here - it's located next to the Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. If you don't have a 4x4 vehicle, you can park just outside the park and hike there. I had to laugh when I saw people driving mid-sized rental cars on the road to Ke'ei beach - all I can say is buying a used rental car on the Big Island is probably not a great idea.

The beach itself is picturesque - long and curved, with palm trees in the background. There's plenty of shade and ideal for picnicking, snorkeling, fishing or just relaxing at the beach. It's an isolated beach so you won't find many people here. I saw a turtle that was beautiful.
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