The road ends here at this iconic tropical beach, hugged by swaying palms and sheltering ironwoods, its pale dunes sloping into a cozy lagoon brimming with a kaleidoscope of reef fish. You could feel like a sardine during summer when the ocean is at its most tranquil; year-round, the parking lot is typically full by 9am. To be fair, many cars are for hikers tackling all or part of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail, whose trail head is just before the beach, and some belong to campers. Kee (pronounced “kay-eh”) is also subject to high surf in winter when rogue waves can grab unwitting spectators from the shoreline and dangerous currents form in a channel on the reef’s western edge. Always check with the lifeguards about the safest areas for swimming or snorkeling. Part of Haena State Park, Kee has restrooms and showers in the woodsy area east of the parking lot. This is also a spectacular place to observe sunset, but you won’t be alone in that endeavor either.
Kuhio Hwy., HI
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