Overview: Welcome to the District of Ka'u on the southwest corner of the Big Island of Hawaii. This is the southern most point in the ... more »United States, and the most undeveloped and remote part of all Hawaii. Yet, it is only about an hour south of Kona, a little over an hour and a half from Hilo, and about 30 minutes from Volcano. This is the driest part of the island and most of this district is covered in lava from flows as recent as 1907. Luckily there has not been an eruption since then, as the lava flows are now happening to the east in the District of Puna.
Because of the remoteness and the lack of any sizable population center other than the town of Ocean View which has a mere 2500 people, the beaches down here are never crowded and are very clean. But this beach takes being uncrowded and clean to a whole new level. There are no signs leading the way to this beach and you will be hard pressed to find anything in print that adequately describes this beach, and more importantly,how to get to it. Indeed, many locals don't seem to know about this place, usually confusing this area with one of the other remote beaches around this coast. But hands down, if you are looking for a prototype undisturbed and isolated Hawaiian paradise of a beach, you will find none better.
However, to get there, you have to be prepared to hike. It's 2.5 miles each way, which isn't very far but keep in mind that you are walking down hill on the way, so the way back takes longer. Also, remember that other than an out-house by the lagoon along with some fire pits, there are no facilities here. There are also no trash cans, so if you bring it in, take it out.
When I began searching for the mythical beach in this area, most people I asked, said that they believed one could not get there because you'd have to cross private property. You do cross private property but in Hawaii just as in California and many other states, if there is a beach, and you own property next to it, you must by law provide access to the public. This land is part of an old estate and is vast, literally hundreds of uninhabited acres. This land might be soon sold to the highest bidder and since most people don't even know it's here there aren't many people who will object. This is why I am compelled to share this beach with the world. I believe that if more people know about this beach that more public pressure will be put on the owner's to not sell this land to a mega developer as they have tried unsuccessfully to do in the past.
So come for yourself and see this majestic place before it is gone. Respect the land and the wildlife, be courteous and send some positive energy towards keeping this last wild place, just as it is.
Tips: Wear good shoes, not flip flops. Bring sunscreen. Food is also a good idea. But no matter what happens, bring lots sand lots of water.
How to get here: Drive to Ocean ccc c Estates, Which is about 45 minutes to an hour from Kona, Head south on Hawaii 11. From Hilo it is about an our and a half but you will be heading the opposite direction on the same highway. The Town is clearly marked and there are business, including 2 grocery stores on either side of the Hawaii. From kona, You will be turning right towards the water, from hilo, you will be turning left towards the ocean. Wen you see a grocery and a gas stationstore drive all the way to the end of the road and that is where you park you car. o towards the ocean find Maikai Blvd. and drive until the road ends. Thats it! A link to google maps is below less «