NileGuide Expert Says:
A beautiful North Shore beach and one of the less crowded in the area.
Ke Iki Road
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
I wouldn't call the North Shore's Ke Iki Beach a "hidden" treasure, but it's definitely a treasure and it's somewhat more hidden and empty than the famous beaches nearby like Sunset and Pipeline. Located off of Ke Iki Road, which is off of Kamehameha Highway, Ke Iki reaches for about a mile with soft white sand and rocky reef at the west end.
In the winter the waves here can get huge, up to 20 feet, and you must use your best judgment when swimming. Even when the waves are just a bit big, Ke Iki can be dangerous, but the lifeguard are prompt with posting signs that will advise against swimming.
In the winter the big waves can wash away some of the sand, usually right in front of the water, but there is generally plenty of sand left to lay on and enjoy. You will see whales here in late winter and spring, and the occasional endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. You may be able to find some shade under a tree at the back of the beach, but it's limited and the wind makes it tough to set up an umbrella.
Foodland and small eateries are nearby, but if you want to spend a few hours don't forget water, snacks, and sunblock. Parking on Ke Iki Road can be limited and make sure you don't park in front of a "no parking " sign.