Besides snorkeling at pretty Kee Beach ★★★, in the shadow of jutting Makana (Bali Hai) mountain, or camping, the main allure of this state park is that it’s at the end of the road, the perfect place to witness sunset after a leisurely drive to the North Shore. It’s also the start of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail, meaning its large parking area always fills up quickly—if so, just turn around and, if it’s early enough in the day, you’ll find overflow parking farther away (carpools recommended). At the western end of Kee Beach, an uphill path leads to an ancient hula platform and temple (heiau), where hula schools still conduct formal ceremonies; please be respectful by wearing a coverup over your bathing suit before hiking here, and leave any offerings undisturbed. Before the road’s end, you’ll also want to stop for a look at two wet caves, former sea caves left high but not dry when the ocean receded; chilly water percolates into them from a spring that’s affected by the nearby tides. The larger Waikanaloa is just off the road, with parking in front. From there it’s a short, uphill walk to the craggier Waikapalae, seen as the entrance to the Fountain of Youth in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Note that swimming is not allowed—nor considered safe.

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