Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park
Mahai’ula section has a sandy beach and dune offering opportunities for swimming and beach-related activities. A picnic area with tables is available. A 4.5-mile hike north through this wilderness park on the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai, leads to Kua Bay. Midway, a hike to the summit of Pu’u Ku’ili, a 342-foot high cinder cone, offers an excellent view of the coastline. Dry and hot with no drinking water. Kua Bay section at north end of park offers beach-related activities.
Fantastic and a true gem of a beach. To get to the northernmost beach you have to hike for about 25 minutes through lava fields (best to bring hiking shoes). The road off Queen K highway that brings you to the parking lot is rugged. Well worth the effort.
This beach was absolutely beautiful. The first day we took the unpaved road and it was fine as long as you go slow and watch the road (we have a VW Jetta). The water was a little rough because the surfs up right now but absolutely stunning. The park with the paved road was also gorgeous. The tides were super rough so we didn't stay but was easy access and was very busy. Can't wait to go again.
This takes a jeep/truck to get to. Be cautious of your rental call if you try to drive down to the beach. It's a secluded and less popular spot so if you want a secluded picnic, this is a good opportunity.
Every spot we visited on Hawaii was incredible and this spot is no exception. The intense environment of lava rock was best seen here. The slice of sandy beach was great to walk through while watching waves crash, planes fly close overhead and locals surf. Very neat to get up close with the lava rock.
Very nice beach here. Calm surf, easy entry. No underwater rocks that I encountered. Seems to be popular with the locals.