We were excited to get away from the main route and see this quaint fishing village. We were hoping to do some snorkeling. When we were driving in, we came across a few people who looked to be native Hawaiians and were very friendly. One girl spoke with us briefly, she had a basket of fresh caught fish, smiled and waved and directed us to the good snorkeling area. We were still a little lost with all the no trespassing signs so when we got to the parking lot, we spoke to 2 older gentlemen (who we learned were ex-military) and they also directed us to the same supposedly public snorkeling area. Confident that we knew where to go, we headed out to find said snorkeling area. As we were approaching what was described as the public beach, we had 2 vacation home owners from adjoining properties approach us and tell us we were trespassing and that they could pull out their guns and shoot if we didn't leave. We didn't want any trouble, and it wasn't worth any police involvement so we left, quickly. I am still puzzled as I did not think Hawaii allowed private beaches?!? When we got back into Kona I spoke with an officer and he said the people who threatened us were completely in the wrong and that he probably knows these folks, that it wasn't the first time there had been trouble. Let me say it again, the problem was not with the Native population, they seemed genuinely friendly and curious to know where we were from, they had ALOHA so to speak. YES there appears to be poverty there, but there are pockets of poverty all over Hawaii, poverty does not make people bad. If you are looking for a resort, this is certainly not the place. But for me, I want to experience the true culture of the places I visit so this seemed like a perfect sidetrip. Not a total loss, the terrain is very interesting and I photographed some stunningly coloured Madagasgar Geckos. Wish I had been brave enough to ask for a photo of the local girl with the fish and pack of friendly dogs following her.