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mayaflya
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Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii
      #1528239 - 08/13/13 04:25 PM (184.176.213.208)

We just returned from an almost two week stay in Hawaii, and checked out three of the clothing optional beaches on the islands.

We first did a short visit to Hana's Red Sand Beach on Maui. The access trail is probably the most challenging aspect. It is not long, but it is eroded and footing is treacherous. The beach itself is small, but beautiful, with a sheltered swimming cove and amazing rock formations. There were a handful of other people coming and going, most staying for 15 to 20 minutes, then moving on. There was some nudity, but the majority of visitors stayed clothed. It is a unique beach, and worth a visit if you are pretty sure-footed.

We later visited Little Beach on the other side of Maui. It was the largest and busiest beach of the three, and the most nude. There were boogie boarders working the surf, but almost 90% of the people parked on the sand were fully nude. The access to Little Beach is over a lava headland from Makena Beach (clothed) but it is a short climb and pretty easy. It is a climb, so don't plan on dragging a lot of coolers and paraphernalia. The sand and surf made for easy relatively safe swimming. A very comfortable place to be nude.

Our last stay was on the Big Island of Hawaii, in a cottage steps from Kehena Beach. Kehena Beach is small black sand beach that is very much a busy local hangout. From where we stayed, we could see the parking area, and there were always some and often many cars parked there. The access is again a steep climb, easier than Red Sand Beach, but a bit more challenging than Little Beach.

It is the locals that "make" Kehena Beach. There is a very free-spirited and social scene there....Sundays are a big beach party with drum circles, etc. There are kids and dogs, young men and women, gays, wide eyed tourists, seniors and everything in between all on a relatively small beach. Nudity is not the majority use, but it is completely accepted as part of the Kehena scene. It would be rare to be the only nude on the beach, but if you were, it would not feel uncomfortable because of the tolerant vibe.

The surf here is dangerous for swimming, with a nasty shore break and some rocks in the water. The locals know how to manage the conditions, and you'll always see people swimming, but your mileage may vary. Mine did. After three or four days of swimming without incident, I got banged up on some rocks trying to get out one of the days that the surf was up. All in all, though I loved this beach for the people and beauty, and the opportunity to be nude in a "community" that accepted nudity as they accepted any other difference.


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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: mayaflya]
      #1528281 - 08/13/13 07:36 PM (76.188.24.229)

Nice reporting, thank you.
Wasn't there a nude beach in/around Kona at one time?


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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: Anonymous]
      #1528307 - 08/13/13 08:36 PM (174.56.138.137)

Have been to kehena maybe 6 years ago, beach was sorta divided by marriage situation/families/ couples/ singles/ mostly men at far end.
Nice beach, very rough and sharp big dangerous surf. steep but distinct path down from the highway. black sand. would go back. maybe 50 60 people there, beach 500 ft long or a little more.90% nude people.

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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: mayaflya]
      #1528364 - 08/14/13 08:21 AM (108.117.85.24)

Thanks for the report! We don't get reports on Hawaii beaches very often.

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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: Anonymous]
      #1528369 - 08/14/13 09:03 AM (72.64.180.218)

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Anonymous said:
Wasn't there a nude beach in/around Kona at one time?




You're probably referring to Honokohau beach which used to be a nude/gay beach but now has public facilities and the rangers enforce the no public nudity laws. There are still a couple of remote beaches in the Kona area where nudity is practiced but they typically involve hikes over lava fields and/or the need for a 4 wheel drive vehicle to access them.


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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: Anonymous]
      #1528392 - 08/14/13 11:08 AM (76.188.24.229)

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Anonymous said:
Wasn't there a nude beach in/around Kona at one time?




You're probably referring to Honokohau beach which used to be a nude/gay beach but now has public facilities and the rangers enforce the no public nudity laws. There are still a couple of remote beaches in the Kona area where nudity is practiced but they typically involve hikes over lava fields and/or the need for a 4 wheel drive vehicle to access them.


Correct, that is the beach I was referring to. My wife and I had wanted to visit back in 2006 when we stayed at Kona Village but weren't sure of it's nude status then. Speaking of Kona Village, any knowledge as to the re-open date?

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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: mayaflya]
      #1528493 - 08/14/13 05:26 PM (68.122.10.40)

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mayaflya said:We later visited Little Beach on the other side of Maui. It was the largest and busiest beach of the three, and the most nude. There were boogie boarders working the surf, but almost 90% of the people parked on the sand were fully nude. The access to Little Beach is over a lava headland from Makena Beach (clothed) but it is a short climb and pretty easy. It is a climb, so don't plan on dragging a lot of coolers and paraphernalia. The sand and surf made for easy relatively safe swimming. A very comfortable place to be nude.




Mayaflya, I'm willing to bet that you did NOT go to Little Beach on a Sunday afternoon. Am I correct?


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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: UncleAl32]
      #1528651 - 08/15/13 11:33 AM (184.176.213.208)

No, it was a Thursday afternoon. We only had one Sunday afternoon to spend, and we spent it on Kehena Beach! Can you say a bit more about the Sunday scene on Little Beach?

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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: Anonymous]
      #1528694 - 08/15/13 02:44 PM (72.64.180.218)




Speaking of Kona Village, any knowledge as to the re-open date?



Michael Dell says they're going to reopen it but he won't say when. There's a facebook page where people have been reporting progress that they've seen or heard.
https://www.facebook.com/SaveKonaVillage


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Re: Three clothing optional beaches in Hawaii [Re: mayaflya]
      #1528712 - 08/15/13 04:49 PM (68.122.10.40)

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mayaflya said:
No, it was a Thursday afternoon. We only had one Sunday afternoon to spend, and we spent it on Kehena Beach! Can you say a bit more about the Sunday scene on Little Beach?




First, your account jibes with just about every report I've ever read in nudist publications and websites: about 50-100 people there, about 90% nude or topless. But I doubt any of them went on a Sunday afternoon. My wife and I visited Little Beach one Sunday in June of 2012, which was the first and so far the only time we've been there.

On Sunday afternoons at Little Beach near Wailea, Maui at about 3 pm a "drum circle" begins. No, I'm not speaking of Gene Krupa soundalikes. This consists of aging hippies banging their outstretched palms on various and sundry native drums and other percussion instruments. About 11 am or so, a throng of young textiles climbs over the hill from Big Beach, swimming, sunbathing and generally hanging out, bikinis and boardshorts everywhere, in anticipation of the show to come later in the day. In short, you will find a crowd of 500 or so, 90% of whom are not nude.

We saw some young men swimming nude in the surf, joined by a grand total of one young nude woman. But they were far outnumbered by the bikinis-and-boardshorts crowd. Here and there we found small groups of nudists lying on their towels, seemingly oblivious to the textile crowd.

We put our stuff down in a small cluster of 4-5 couples and maybe 10 single men, in and around the surf, at the end of the beach not far from the hill that separates Little and Big Beaches. My wife, like me, had looked forward to our visit, but after seeing the lay of the land told me she would be keeping her suit on. As just about all the other guys in the group were nude, I went nude also. Like my wife, the other ladies kept their suits on, however.

In fairness, I can report that the young textiles were very "cool" about the naked people. It didn't turn into a "carnival" like the World Naked Bike Ride, where people gawk at the nudists and want their pictures taken with naked people. That didn't happen.

I have seen You Tube videos of the Sunday drum circle, and what I see there jibes pretty much with our experience.

I realize that for some people, being free to go nude is such a positive feeling that being almost the only nude person in a throng of clothed people is no big deal, and more power to them.

But for the rest of us, be advised that Little Beach on Sundays is NOT your typical nude beach experience.


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