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Kehena is located in the Puna District on the eastern side of the island, home to a "clothing optional" black sand beach that is protected by steep cliffs and tall trees. Kehena Beach is sometimes also called Dolphin Beach. It's a popular spot for locals, although swimming can sometimes be dangerous due to the high waves and rough current. It is a very picturesque spot, however, and is just forty minutes from the historic plantation town of Hilo, where one can enjoy fine dining, museums and visit art galleries. The Puna District is sometimes called "the land that flames and blooms" - an exotic land that was formed after millions of years of lava flowing from the Mauna Loa and Kilauea. It's a land of contrasts, with mango, papaya and banana farms, exquisite orchids and anthuriums that surround the black lava beaches. Attractions in the Kehena Beach area include Lava Tree State Park, the Kumakahi Lighthouse and the buried village of Kapoho. From nearby Kaimu Bay, one can sometimes actually see lave descending the mountains. Kehena is definitely for those who are looking for privacy and seclusion, the real Hawaii away from the hustle of the busy tourist towns.

Surrounding areas: Kaimu Bay, Hawaii (3.2 mi), Kalapana-Puna, Hawaii (4.1 mi), Pahoa, Hawaii (7.4 mi), Kapoho, Hawaii (9.4 mi), Mountain View, Hawaii (15.9 mi), Keaau, Hawaii (17.1 mi), Volcano, Hawaii (20.1 mi)

Kehena Vacation Rentals

Kehena Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Kilauea Volcano KabinsVolcano, HI20.0 mi.(808) 967-7773
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel71 Banyan DrHilo, HI24.8 mi.(808) 935-9361
Volcano HouseHawaii Volcanos National ParkHilo, HI25.3 mi.(808) 967-7321
Bed & Breakfast
Pearl's Shell Bed & Breakfast13-3432 Kupono StPahoa, HI5.3 mi.(808) 965-7015
Shipman House Bed & Breakfast131 Kaiulani StHilo, HI25.2 mi.(808) 934-8002

Kehena Weather & Climate

The southeastern portion of The Big Island has two seasons - winter and summer, but conditions are pretty similar year-round. Winter is slightly cooler and wetter, but Hawaii does not have the extremes of cold winters or summer heat waves. The east side of all of the Hawaiian Islands is wetter due to exposure to the prevailing northeast tradewinds, which bring rain to the eastern shores. Individual islands do have slight variations, however. The official rainy season starts in November, but showers tend to happen late in the evening and don't interfere with outdoor plans. Visitors will find more variation in temperature due to altitude rather than season. Evenings are generally cool and mild year round on The Big Island.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 67°F 49°F 8.74 in. 72°F
February 67°F 49°F 7.71 in. 72°F
March 67°F 50°F 10.45 in. 71°F
April 67°F 51°F 9.85 in. 72°F
May 69°F 52°F 6.99 in. 72°F
June 70°F 54°F 5.76 in. 74°F
July 71°F 55°F 8.20 in. 74°F
August 73°F 55°F 7.28 in. 75°F
September 72°F 55°F 7.97 in. 75°F
October 72°F 55°F 8.95 in. 75°F
November 69°F 53°F 12.70 in. 74°F
December 67°F 51°F 8.96 in. 73°F

Kehena Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hilo International airport (ITO) located about 23 miles northwest of Kehena in Hilo, Hawaii and the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located approximately 63 miles northwest of Kehena in Kamuela, Hawaii.

Kehena Attractions

State Parks
Wailoa River State ParkHI24.4 mi. 
ĎAkaka Falls State ParkHI34.4 mi. 

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