Kawa'a Beach

Kawa'a Beach
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Kwaa'a (also spelled Kawa) Beach is in the Ka'u District between the towns of Pahala and Na'alehu and is the prime local surf spot. There are two roads that lead makai (towards the ocean) off of Highway 11. The first is at the 58.4 mile marker and the other is at the 58.6 mile marker. Watch for cars parked on Highway 11 at the 58 mile maker with surf board racks! Both roads are passable without 4-wheel drive, but you do need high clearance so we do not recommend taking a regular car on either road. However, parking along the highway and walking would be fine, as neither road is very long nor difficult (probably about a third of a mile walk). Both entrances have yellow county gates (sometimes locked) since the County of Hawaii purchased the area. However, there are no facilities. Cool, mountain spring water flows from Mauna Loa and empties into the sea! The 58.6 mile marker entrance is a dirt road. Sometimes this gate is open. Turn on the dirt road and follow it. A number of side roads split off from the left, but continue on the main road and do not take any lefts. However, there are at least one or two of the left side roads that will take you around to the other side of the bay (and where the other road goes). Eventually, if you follow the main dirt road, you will be at the coast where you will find a nice open, rocky beach. A little inlet is to the left, perfect for cooling your feet, and across the inlet is the bay as well as other great spots. The 58.4 mile marker entrance is a lava road which the gate is usually locked. However, you can walk in. After a number of turns, you will eventually come out on a beach where there are a number of crude campsites and quite a few places to park. On your right is the small inlet. In front of you is the bay itself, and to your left is the inland brackish pond. There used to be Hawaiian Sovereignty Protestors who set up a protest with all sorts of signs near the highway about not selling Kawa Beach to the county. However, the sell went through and all the squatters were removed. Kawa Beach is the best surf beach in the Ka'u District. One article that explains the history of Kawa is published by Instant Hawaii. Here is another article on the subject: 

Kawa`a, in the Ahupua`a of Hilea, in the District of Kau, August 26th, 2008

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