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Kehena Black Sand Beach

Moana Kai Pali St, along Rte 137, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Turtles

Beautiful black sand beach with sea turles sunning themselves. Really enjoyed the views. Great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
gmaM
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iowa
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Very cool place with this black sand all over you can walk on and go swimming - a feeling very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dennys34
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Giessen, Germany
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  • Excellent55%
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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
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“drum circle” (13 reviews)
“great beach” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Moana Kai Pali St, along Rte 137, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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"drum circle"
in 13 reviews
"clothing optional beach"
in 15 reviews
"great beach"
in 11 reviews
"rocky path"
in 4 reviews
"climb down"
in 4 reviews
"mile marker"
in 5 reviews
"wonderful swimming"
in 2 reviews
"limited space"
in 2 reviews
"rough surf"
in 2 reviews
"be careful"
in 8 reviews
"sea turtles"
in 5 reviews
"small parking area"
in 2 reviews
"short trail"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful water"
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"strong currents"
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"the cliff"
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"watch the sunrise"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful black sand beach with sea turles sunning themselves. Really enjoyed the views. Great parking. People were fishing here too.

Thank gmaM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place with this black sand all over you can walk on and go swimming - a feeling very close to the volcano

Thank dennys34
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Reviewed June 6, 2018

A fantastic black sands beach one of the few in the world. There were even sea turtles there that you could look at and take pictures. There is a lifeguard, bathrooms and tables there that you can enjoy. A little of a drive but well...More

Thank Karen T
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

There are only 17 Black sand beaches in the world, we checked. This is a MUST see when visiting the big island. Seeing sea turtles laying on the beach and swimming feet from you...are you serious? What an amazing place!

Thank lglavey
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

Kehena is a wonderful beach, worth the short, steep hike. Definitely bring a beach bag or backpack for any items you need, as you will need your hands. It is a small area, like all beaches on the big island. The sand is black and...More

2  Thank Liz R
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

The beach is a bit hard to get to, straight down a rocky cliff. Half is nude, the other seems to be for families who don't mind the nude beach.

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Reviewed March 19, 2018

We were lucky to find a sunny day to spend on this very unique beach. The sand beach and water was glorious. The people were mostly locals with a few vacationers thrown in. About 3/4 were nude, and there was plenty of herbal smoking. The...More

5  Thank myworldexperiences
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Very interesting beach, not only because of the black sand. This is the hippie beach on Big Island, a lot of bare skin can be seen and all sorts of activities can be observed: playing the flute, meditating, doing handstand, smoking pot ... The water...More

1  Thank Anja H
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

It is oh so cool to see the black sand beach! There is minimal parking, a small trail to walk and a cliff to descend- Wear appropriate shoes. Clothing is optional on this beach, there are no facilities, and the water can be rough.

2  Thank fopfamily
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

I love this beautiful beach, and the mellow people who hang out. I lost my wedding ring when a big wave knocked me over and dragged me a bit. I came up unhurt, but missing my wedding ring. I suppose there’s a possibility that the...More

3  Thank John R
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Jamysz
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Response from Greg S | Reviewed this property |
The beach itself is not associated with a town, however, Pahoa, which is a cute, laidback little town with several restaurants and a few shops is only about 20 min north. We went from the beach to Pahoa for dinner, and then... More
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