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Kehena Black Sand Beach Description:


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Kehena Black Sand Beach
Water Temperature Averages
Winter 76.1°F
Spring 78.8°F
Summer 80.2°F
Fall 78.9°F
Average Clarity Fair
Kehena Black Sand Beach was formed by the eruption of 1955, and the subsequent lava flow that touched the ocean. Although the Kehena Black Sand Beach is used by largely by locals, it is also a favorite of tourists that want a glimplse of the Black Sand beach and the reported naked bodies that are rumored to visit the beach. Honestly, we have never seen anyone nude here, but reliable information does in fact suggest that nudists will on occasion arrive here for a frolic. Okay dokey, it's the Big Island of Hawaii after all.


Kehena Black Sand Beach
Location Specifics
Parking Street
Picnic Tables No
Shade Available Yes
Showers No
Like all black sand beaches, the sand here is generated by lava breaking down in to smaller and smaller fragments. The beach sand can get very warm in the direct sun, so also remember to bring some foot protection for beach walks.

Kehen Black Sand Beach and the Earthquake of 1979

In 1979, an earthquake rumbled through the area, and the Kehena Black Sand Beach sank approximately three feet. This collapse also changed the ingress and egress patterns to the beach in that some of the access paths lost immediate connectivity to the trails connecting them to the street above. This mechanical disconnection in some way has created an effect of "disconnection" of this beach to the rest of the beach system on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the vibe and feeling here are quite unique to any other beach on the Island. Some people really dig the difference. It's not for everyone, but if you have seen the rest, you need to include Kehena Black Sand Beach to your list of things to do and see when you are here. You'll be glad you did!
Yes Hawaiian Sand Facts
Yes Hawaiian Swimming Facts
Yes Hawaii Snorkel Facts
Yes Hawaiian Scuba Facts
Yes Hawaiian Surfing Facts
Yes Hawaiian SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Facts
Yes Hawaiian Boogie Board
Yes Hawaiian Beach Lifeguard Facts
Yes Hawaiian Beach Bathroom Facts
legend Yes Affirmative or "Yes".
A positive experience.
Yes Negative or "No".
A negative experience.
Yes Caution, Warning or Hazard.
Inquire on-sight for advisability.

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