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Kehena Beach *

Black sand beach!
Due to its secluded nature this beach is often nude. Monday has been nicknamed "Gay Day." WARNING: While sunbathing here is great, this is an often challenging place to swim - use utmost caution! Also, black sand is much hotter than white sand, so don't plan on going barefoot. Don't leave valuables in car. DIRECTIONS: About 30 minutes south of Hilo. Find it at Highway 137 near mile marker 19 (near the phone booth). It's one mile from Kalani Eco-Resort. Then climb down the lava rock trail to the beach.

Tags: Mixed Gay/Straight , Free Parking , Tourist Attraction


Highway 137 (Mile Marker 19)
Kapoho, HI
Puna District, Big Island



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  • boisezguy is now a fan

    May 26 at 10:51am ·

  • SavvyGayTraveler gave this place *
    Monday is ''Gay Day" at Kehena Beach
    A long time tradition at Kehena Beach is for the gay community to show up at the beach on Mondays. You'll meet gay people there everyday... there's a large gay community in the neighborhood. Many subdivisions in the area are over 60% gay (including Kalapana and Puna Beach Palisades). Awesome body surfing in big waves. A resident pod of spinner dolphins show up often and you could get to swim with them! Moderately steep trail down to the beach..... well worth it! Skinnydipping with dolphins! What could be more fun???

    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:18am ·

  • SavvyGayTraveler is now a fan

    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:13am ·

  • 656363 gave this place *
    The Best Part of a Boring Island
    As boring as Hilo (and the Big Island in general) is, this black sand beach is phenomenal. What a pleasant surprise. The directions to get to the beach, as described above, are correct and accurate. I used them to get there. There is, however, a steep climb down to the beach. Once you there, though.... truly amazing. Clean, black sand, ruff surf and peaceful. Yes, there is nudity and I guess you can do naught things there, but enjoy the black sand and the view. Most people don't get a chance to experience a place like Kahena Beach. Enjoy it!

    May 5, 2012 at 4:30pm ·

  • balicottage is now a fan

    Aug 25, 2011 at 4:44am ·

  • balicottage gave this place *
    Breathtaking!
    We love this beach, and yes we do have the Vacation Rental right across from it, The Bali Cottage at Kehena Beach. Please vsit our website when you can become part of our Ohana. http://www.thebalicottage.com. Mahalo!

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:51pm ·

  • ggillispie is now a fan

    Dec 8, 2010 at 12:56am ·

  • archesser gave this place *
    Breath Taking
    Wow this is truly a peaceful place to hang out in the nude. Lots of hot bods soaking up sunshine and body surfin'. Do not miss this gem if you are in the east side of da Big Island!

    Oct 19, 2010 at 1:03am ·

  • Sleasman gave this place *
    Great gay beach
    Wonderful black sand, great waves and nude men in the surf! Always fun.

    Aug 8, 2010 at 10:39pm ·

  • ggillispie gave this place *
    Amazing
    Mile marker 19 is gone or removed but fing the parking terrace with the rock barrier then walk a few yards to the left. The path is there. Well worth the search!

    Nov 24, 2009 at 4:32am ·

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