Keʻe Beach

Top choice beach in Haʻena State Park

Image by Alexander Howard Lonely Planet

Memorable North Shore sunsets happen at this spiritual spot, where ancient Hawaiians came to practice hula. In summer, the beach offers a refreshing dip to hikers of the nearby Kalalau Trail. But beware that Keʻe Beach may appear calm when it is, in fact, otherwise. Vicious currents have sucked some through a keyhole in the reef out into the open sea.

Never leave small children alone near the waterline. Facilities include outdoor showers and restrooms. Car break-ins are common in the parking lot, so don't leave any valuables behind. If you come for the sunset, and you should, bring mosquito repellent.