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Due to the May 2018 Kilauea Volcano eruption The roads have been closed into the Syria. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Beautiful black sand beach with sea turles sunning themselves. Really enjoyed the views. Great... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The black sand, contrasting the blue ocean is beautiful. You can see it from the top of the cliff. Really not worth hiking down. People urinate and other activities. Smells horrible, and attracts flys. There is a way better black sand beach in Kalapana, easy...More

Thank Ledesa B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Due to the May 2018 Kilauea Volcano eruption The roads have been closed into the Syria. The earthquake damage from the collapsing crater in volcanic national park has greatly affected the area

Thank Ruthmar1e
Reviewed July 9, 2018

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

Thank gmaM
Reviewed July 1, 2018 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
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
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
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.

Thank Barbara D
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
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
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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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