Ke'ei Beach Description:
Spanish naval records indicate that a vessel working the trade route to the Philippines was lost here, and this is further bolstered by the oral tradition that Hawai'i may have met its first Europeans (white men) here in the early 1500's. Since these sailors brought no assets other than their water soaked persons with them, it did not leave a large impression as to the potential of these marooned new inhabitants.
Two hundred years later, King Kamehameha I. began his campaign to unify the Hawaiian Islands here in the Battle of Moku'ohai, as his victory signalled his consolidation of control of half the Big Island of Hawai'i. The rest is (as they say) "History".
Today, Ke'ei Beach is Kona classic area if you enjoy pristine reef areas and solitude. The swimming here, is not great in that the water is shallow until you reach the reef. Once there, the waves can kick up and currents can be an issue. Nonetheless, this can be a really good snorkel spot if you have advanced snorkel skills, and the area is teaming with sea life including spinner dolphins (morning is best), turtles, large schools of fish, including larger game fish.
Another renowned dimension to Ke'ei Beach is the surf break. The northern edge of the reef cultures a very long break which surfers just love. This spot is generally considered and advanced location for surfing as well, but we enjoy watching surf riders utilize wave after wave of great surfing fun here. While you are on the beach here at Ke'ei Beach, you may want to bring a meal with you, and enjoy the location for a picnic and the afternoon. There is hiking and many other attractions in the area, so find a way to stay until sunset, and if the Volcano is in agreement, you may be treated to one of the prettiest sunsets on the Kona coast.
More Information on Ke'ei Beach:
• Ke'ei Beach and Hawai'i Beaches
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