Kehena Black Sand Beach
Kehena Black Sand Beach
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Craig A
South Carolina821 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This beach is pretty remote requiring a longish drive into a residential area. We parked along the street but decided not to take the steep walk down to the beach itself. The sand is black but the waves were quite rough and we wouldn't have wanted to enter the water. There were plenty of people who were nude - both male and female.
Written September 16, 2021
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,017 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The beach has a parking lot but it gets full and you have to park further down the road if you want to get to it. The hike down is not a smooth path and once there the sand it more like pebbles and rough on the feet. This is also a clothing optional beach so be prepared for that. Oh and they don't like people taking photos.
Written February 26, 2020
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KateLew
Parker, CO31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Popular for both locals and tourists alike, we happened upon this beach and loved watching the water crash against the rocks on the short hike in, and then standing on the black sandy beach and letting the tide cool off our legs. Surf is pretty rough so I am not sure I would feel comfortable letting children swim here, okay for braver adults. There was some nudity, but it didn’t bother me; there were kids around and they didn’t seem too fussed by it. Judgement free, beautiful place. Parking is along the road, then you hike a rocky hill to get down to the beach.
Written August 29, 2022
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Veronica Hunter
Medford, NJ6,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Kehena Black Sand Beach has plenty of natural beauty.
I saw a variety of age groups enjoying themselves with or without clothing.
Now, I know where to book a room for a few days to explore that area of the Big Island. There are plenty of places to stay ; Hawaiian Naturist Park, hostel, lodges. There are many hiking trails in that area, too.
Written March 17, 2022
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
This is a black sand beach and for black sand, it is pretty smooth. It is a steep hike down, but I did it in flip flops. There was quite the eclectic group, families with kids, nude bathers, elderly - and everything in between. It is one of the only places to swim in the area. The waves were really big and crashes close to the shore, but nice place to relax. There is some shade, too.
Written April 9, 2022
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Rebecca B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Beautiful black sand beach, not too crowded, mix of clothed and unclothed (I'd say 75/25). We were there in early March. Bare it all or not, no one cares. I will say there were no kids on the beach which makes sense.

There is great sun until about 4:30 when it starts to get behind the trees, so if you want warmth, go a little early. It is definitely a little tricky to get down to the beach - slippery and rooty, but maybe only 100ft of scrambling. If you start in the parking lot, look for the trail. You'll think, "that can't be it," but it is.

Also a nice spot for the sunrise - perfect views!
Written March 17, 2023
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Iliahi C
Island of Hawaii, HI65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Kehena beach is a must see when going to to the Puna Coast, it is one of the only accessible beaches on this coast. Many eclectic people but very friendly and they have drum circle Sundays. Great for basking in the sun and swimming, saw spinner dolphins as well humpback whales on our visit.
Written March 6, 2024
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Rina M
Paradise Valley, AZ43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is well hidden black sand beach off the road. It’s not easily accessible - you have to hike down to it. Although the hike is very short I’d say it’s fairly treacherous, steep with jagged terrain of volcanic rock and tree roots to trip you. Can be difficult as it ends with you having to jump off on to sand off of a large boulder, which makes it difficult to climb back out. I’d say definitely NOT a family friendly beach as there are quite a few nudists. Beach itself is gorgeous with strong crashing waves.
Written February 5, 2023
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Whitney
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
My kids loved this beach. We talked about nuditity before hand and celebration of the human body, how people like to feel the water and sun on their bodies. They learned that some people chose to smoke herbs and it has a strong smell. They were just happy to play somewhere so beautiful and exciting. Every encounter is an opportunity for learning, broadening acceptance, and embracing the moment. This beach was no different.
Written March 14, 2019
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JessicaRadrinks
Portland, OR9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Kehena beach is a true gem. I have spend a couple months on The Big Island and I had yet to find a real beach with sand until Kehena, and now I'm addicted. With all the beauty of the ocean and the sand there is also tons of amusement with the local crowd. The beach is clothing optional, and its not really like any other nude beach I've visited. It's mix of of families, young people, yogis, and hippies doing no harm (not just old naked men). It's nothing to be afraid of, just a couple if semi-naked people alive and enjoying the sun on their skin. Every Sunday it's packed at its prime with a true Puna Party. The sand is black and smooth, the beach changes everyday. Somedays it's easy to go swimming in the ocean and others it's a little rough, it's all about the timing with the waves. The sun only hits the beach from sunrise to about 2-3pm, then it passes over the cliff leaving the beach shaded. The beach can clear out about that time in the evening and you can enjoy some seclusion. Occasionally there are dolphins jumping about and some of the locals go and swim with them. The hike down can be a little steep and every changing but any well bodied person can make it down, tons of children do it. If you get the chance, I recommend enjoying this spectacle for your self.
Written June 27, 2016
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