Kekaha Kai State Park
Four dreamy sugar-sand beaches; all but Maniniʻowali Beach require hot hiking or 4WD to reach.
Amazingly, there's a secluded black-sand beach near Kekaha Kai's main parking lot. To reach this small, dark treasure on foot, head...
This 4WD–hike combination leads to several coves of progressively softer white sand and turquoise waters that, though popular, absorb...
Mahaiʻula Beach information
The easiest beach to reach is Mahaiʻula, with salt-and-pepper sand, lots of shade, tide pools, picnic tables and room to roam. Snorkeling and swimming are usually good here, but during big winter swells, surfing happens on the bay's north side. Winter also brings whales , which you'll see breaching in the distance.
For a softer, whiter beach, walk north along the coast across a short lava flow to Magoon's (so-called for the local family that used to own these parts). Snorkeling is lackluster, but swimming and kayaking shine in this protected scoop of sand with lots of shade. You can hook up with the path to Makalawena Beach here, beyond the coconut grove at the northern end.
Access to these beaches is via a chunky lava road between the 90- and 91-mile markers. Unless you have a 4WD, you should traverse the 1½ miles on foot. Park at the improvised lot a quarter-mile in from the highway and start walking or thumb it – drivers should take pity on your sun-beaten head and give you a lift.