Pali Ke Kua Beach, and the adjacent Hideaways Beach, are two small beaches situated directly below the Pali Ke Kua condominiums in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. The two pocket beaches are usually mistaken as one but are actually separated by a narrow rocky point.
Pali Ke Kua Beach is very narrow and has very few sandy spots amidst large lava rocks. During high tide and wintertime, the sand disappears and only rocks and boulders are visible. During such ocean condition, swimming and other water activities are not advisable due to strong and dangerous surf. However, swimming and snorkeling are possible when the ocean is calm and tide is low. Read more
Kehena Beach is a long but narrow black-sand beach located in Big Island’s Puna district (Hilo side). It is just off of Highway 137 near the 19 mile marker, nestled by steep cliffs and tall trees. The locals call it Dolphin Beach because of the frequent appearances of spinner dolphins in its waters.
The beach was formed by volcanic activity and the lava flow of the Pu’u’O’o vent in 1955 which created a cove enclosed by 30 foot high rock cliffs and rocky peninsulas on both ends. It is popular among locals and the adventurous few who are willing to endure the steep hike down to the beach. Because of its “seclusion” and rustic appeal, many opt to go au naturel in Kehena making it one of the few unofficial “clothing optional” beaches in Hawaii. Numerous palm and ironwood trees at the back of the beach provide shady spots for picnics and relaxation.
Lekeleke Burial Ground, also known as the Kuamo’o Burials, is a historic battlefield and burial site located on Kuamo’o Bay in the North Kona District on the Big Island of Hawaii. Over 300 warriors were killed on the site during the epic Battle of Kuamo’o. The area is listed on the Hawaii register of historic places, as well as in the National Register of Historic Places.
Kuamo’o is historically significant because it is the site of the bloody battle between two powerful cousins, Kekuaokalani and Liholiho (Kamehameha II) in 1819. Kekuaokalani and his wife, Manono, gallantly led the fight to preserve traditional ways, but were ultimately defeated by the forces of Liholiho who were seeking to end the ancient Hawaiian religious system called the Kapu. Read more
Hale Halawai o Holuloa, also known as Living Stones Church, is a historic oceanfront church near the North end of Holualoa Bay in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The name means “Meeting house near the long slide” in the Hawaiian Language. It was built in 1855 under the supervision of the Reverend John D. Paris, who was also responsible for the construction of several other churches in Kona.
The structure was made of coral lime and stone, measuring about 30 by 60 feet. The walls are 26″ thick and stand 11 feet tall. It belongs to a class of mid-nineteenth century coral lime and lava stone structures. Back in the day, members of this church often paddled to services and pulled their canoes up at the landing, another well preserved ancient structure in the site. Read more
Waiaha Beach Park, more popularly known as Honl’s, is a tiny stretch of white sand and small lava rocks located along Ali’i Drive in Kona, Hawaii. It is one of the lesser known and uncrowded beaches along Kona coast.
It is a popular beach for lounging and sunbathing among locals. On the northern end of the beach park is a large grassy knoll with tables and shady trees perfect for picnics and relaxation. The beach also offers breathtaking views of sunsets. Read more