Sandwiched between Kilauea and ʻAnini, Kalihiwai (‘Water’s Edge’ in Hawaiian) is a hidden treasure that’s easy to miss. If you find it, Kalihiwai Beach is ideal for sunbathing, sandcastle building and, swells permitting, swimming, though bodyboarding and surfing along the cliff on the eastern shore are the more common activities here.
Kalihiwai Rd once passed Kalihiwai Beach and connected with the highway at two points. A 1957 tsunami washed out the old Kalihiwai Bridge and it was never rebuilt. Today there are two Kalihiwai Rds, one on each side of the river. To get here, take the easternmost Kalihiwai Rd, about 0.5 miles northwest of Kilauea's gas station.