Shipman Beach / Ha'ena Beach

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Address , Keaau, HI 96749
Very hidden. Very private. Very seclude. Requires a 2.5 mile hike to reach.

• Sand Type: Black • Sand Type: White • Good For: Sunrises

Ha'ena Beach, or Shipman Beach as it's more commonly called, is a very private, very hidden and secluded beach in the Keaau area (south of Hilo) on the east side of Hawaii's Big Island. Don't confuse this beach with the similarly named Ha'ena Beach Park / Maniniholo Beach on the island of Kaua'i

Shipman Beach requires some hiking to reach which is both part of the adventure and the reason why it's often completely empty. The hike isn't for everyone, nor is the beach. There are no facilities here of any kind here which also means no lifeguard so if you swim then you're on your own.

While all beaches in Hawaii are open to the public, the land to get to those beaches is sometimes private. This is the case with Ha'ena Beach so don't expect to just drive up and enjoy the lovely black and white sand beach here. Instead, you'll be hiking the 2.5 mile long (each way) Puna Trail to get here. This is a real hike which means you'll want real shoes and clothing on so don't try this in your slippers (flip flops) and bikini. If you're up to the hike then check out Puna Trail for more info on getting here.