Kehena Beach

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A photograph of the black sand on Kehena Beach
Lava formations on Kehena Beach

Kehena Beach is a narrow black sand beach located on the east shore of the island of Hawaii, in the Puna district. Spinner dolphins frequent the water; as a result, the beach has also been known as Dolphin Beach.[1]


The beach was formed in a 1955 lava flow.[2] There is a point of rocks on one end of the beach that marks where the flow ended.


Kehena Beach is listed on many websites and guide books as clothing-option.[3] Though nudity at the beach has been documented,[4] nude beaches are not legal in Hawaii[5] and officers have written citations for nudity at Kehena beach.[6]


  1. ^ "Kehena Beach: The Naked Truth". The Daily Flow. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  2. ^ "Kehena Beach, Big Island". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ "Hawaii State Legislature". Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  4. ^ "Jason Armstrong: Bongs And Bare Breasts Outnumber Cellphones At This Beach". Honolulu Civil Beat. 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  5. ^ "Chad Blair: Naked And Afraid In Hawaii". Honolulu Civil Beat. 2018-05-09. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  6. ^ Tuesday, MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY Hawaii Tribune-Herald |; April 27; 2021; A.m, 12:05 (2021-04-27). "Officers crack down at Kehena beach". Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 2021-04-28.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

Coordinates: 19°23′42″N 154°55′45″W / 19.3949°N 154.9293°W / 19.3949; -154.9293

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