Keawa'ula Beach

Top choice beach in Kaʻena Point State Park

Some say this is the best sunset spot on the island. It certainly has the right west-facing orientation and a blissfully scenic mile-long sandy beach. You’ll find restrooms, showers and a lifeguard station at the park’s southern end. Swimming is limited to the summer and then only when calm. When the water’s flat, it’s also possible to snorkel. Annoying winds are usually blocked by the surrounding hills.

Winter brings huge, pounding waves, making Yokohama a popular seasonal surfing and bodysurfing spot that’s best left to the experts because of submerged rocks, strong rips and a dangerous shorebreak.