Ke’e Beach

Ke-e Beach from Kalalau Trail, Kaua'i

Ke-e Beach from Kalalau Trail, Kaua’i

Located on the north shore of Kaua’i in the Hawaiian Islands, Ke’e Beach is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.


The sparkling waters and white sand are magnificent.  Add to that towering verdant cliffs, feathery ironwood trees among the palms, and the mellow Aloha spirit, and you have heaven on earth.


NaPali Coast, Kaua'i

NaPali Coast, Kaua’i

Ke’e Beach (pronounced Kay-ay) is part of Ha’ena State Park, a 230 acre park.  It abuts Na Pali Coast State Park.  In addition to the ocean delights, there are extraordinary trails, ancient Hawaiian sites, sea caves, and a garden preserve.


Map of Hawaii highlighting Kauai.svg

Map of Hawaii, Kaua’i is red. Courtesy Wikipedia

Kaua’i info here.




To get to the beach is a Hawaiian adventure.  The “highway” is a narrow road with many one lane bridges that traverse taro fields in the Hanalei Valley.  The road continues to narrow, with occasional ocean views and abundant tropical lushness, until it dead ends in a parking lot.



Kuhio Hwy, courtesy Wikipedia

The parking lot is a wonderful mess of cars parked in every direction, obstructed by trees and tree roots, and a muddy, holey surface.  Very Hawaiian.


Because the beauty is utterly breathtaking here, I have noticed it has become more popular over the years.  Therefore, an early arrival is advised.


Athena snorkeling on Ke'e Beach

Athena snorkeling on Ke’e Beach

The beach is a reef lagoon, with crystal clear, calm, and shallow water, ideal for snorkeling.  Turtles and many colorful fish abound.


Beyond the lagoon are rougher waters with strong currents and warning signs.


Kalalau Trail, courtesy of Wikipedia

Also stemming from the beach area is Kalalau Trail, still the most awesome views I have ever hiked.  Backpackers and day hikers enjoy this trail for the first two mile stretch, but after that permits are required.


More trail info here.


Ha’ena Park. Ke’e Beach at base of mtns. Courtesy Wikipedia.

If you ever visit the “Garden Isle,” it is well worth a trip to the north side.  Just follow the road west until it ends.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander unless otherwise noted

NaPali Coast

From Kalalau Trail

56 thoughts on “Ke’e Beach

  1. Magnificent photographs of a spectacular place. I did visit Hawaii and several of the outer islands and loved it. I have an open invitation from a dear friend…and so one day…I would love to think that I might re-visit. Thank you, Jet for this real treat. Janet:)

  2. Turtles/ Snorkeling? Sign me up for a lot of that. I have been to Maui but nowhere else in Hawaii. Should we plan another trip I will definitely be referring to this post. Looks fabulous! Nice to see Athena out from behind the camera too. 🙂

  3. Unfortunately the only time I’ve been to Kauai was to pick up my father’s ashes but it was paradise and we were treated like family by the Hawaiian people. I’ll definitely have to return (and make better memories).

  4. What a beautiful place! Spectacular scenery and something for everyone…we’ll get there one day. I followed the link for the trail, thinking that looked a wonderful hike. Not too sure about “crawler’s ledge” – I love a hike, but sliding off the edge after a rainy spell doesn’t appeal, haha.
    Thanks, Jet, this post was a colourful start to the week!

    • It’s a challenging hike, to be sure; but I know you and Mrs. PC could do it. I was impressed and aghast too, when a local surfer nimbly passed us on the trail. He was barefoot and carrying a full size surf board. cheeky! Thanks so much pc~~

  5. Thank you bunches for the virtual visit since HI isn’t on my bucket list. It seems I’m missing the gene that enjoys the tropics. I’ll be heading to the desert in a week or so, visiting ancient Indian ruins, but a first stop in Vegas to see Cirque du Soleil. Likely to go missing at the blogs again… my own and others’. O_o

    • Hi Gunta! I’m glad I could save you a trip to the tropics, since it isn’t your cup of tea. And how wonderful to be off on a desert adventure via Vegas. Have a great time! 🙂

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