Kealia Beach, just north of Kapa’a on Hwy. 56, is a popular local beach with a wide expanse (150 feet) of deep sand stretching a 1/2 mile along the shore.

Surfers and boogie boarders frequent its waters, which can be dangerous with powerful waves, strong currents and riptides. The summer surf is usually perfect and the riptide is not as fierce. However, always check with lifeguards on ocean conditions before entering the water.

The north shore of the beach once was used for inter-island steamer landings when nearby Kealia was a plantation town. A few ruins of the dock, which can be seen from a shoreline walking path that leads away from the beach, still remain. In ancient times, Hawaiians would gather salt from this area that formed on the sand flats.

To reach the beach, take Hwy. 56 north from Kapa’a. Turn right after Mile Marker #10 to a large parking area. Watch for surfers. This beach is hard to miss.