Kumukumu (Donkey) Beach
From Kapaa, take Kuhio Hwy., HI
Our Rating Neighborhood East Side
When the only way to reach this beach was by a downhill hike through sugarcane fields near a donkey pasture, nude sunbathers took full advantage of its seclusion. Now it’s bordered by large luxury estates and the Ke Ala Hele Makalae coastal path, connecting it to Kealia Beach, 1 1/2 miles south; the 10-minute walk down to the ocean is mostly paved, and even starts at a parking lot with restrooms. So keep your clothes on while enjoying the soft golden sand at this tree-lined beach, also known as Paliku (“vertical cliff”) and Kuna Bay. The water is too rough for swimming or snorkeling, but you may see advanced surfers and bodyboarders here. The north side has a shallow cove that’s safe for wading in calm conditions.