9 Gorgeous Beaches Hawaii Locals Don't Want You To Know About


Pretty beaches in Hawaii are a dime a dozen. But if you're as serious as we are about finding the perfect seaside experience, then the crowded Waikiki and Lanikai beaches, as gorgeous as they are, just won't cut it.

While crowds flock to the most convenient, well-known beaches, some of the Aloha State's best gems can only be accessed by rugged adventure or are nestled in a quaint neighborhood just waiting to be discovered.

So, where do you find these secret pockets of paradise? It's easy: When in Hawaii, do as the locals do. We consulted our Hawaii office to find out where the kamaaina go to get some beachside R and R.

Below, 9 beachside hangouts that island locals will probably be mad we told you about.

Waipio Beach on the Big Island

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To get to this secluded black sand beach, you have hike down a very steep road that leads into Waipio Valley, but the trek is well worth it.
Shipman Beach on the Big Island


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It takes an hour-long hike through forest and lava rock to get to Shipman Beach (also known as Ha'ena Beach), where you'll find a quiet, perfect bay.
Secret Beach on Kauai
If you need directions to find the hiking trail that leads to this hike, Yelpers suggest to "ask a local how to get to 'secrets' and they'll give you directions!" But be warned, there is an unofficial nudist area of the beach.
Kekaha Beach Park on Kauai

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You can find this beach off the highway on Kauai's west side and, on especially clear days, you can see the Forbidden Island in the distance.
Polihua Beach on Lanai
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You'll need a four-wheel drive vehicle to access this quiet sandy beach, but once you get there, chances are you'll be the only one!
Changs Beach on Maui

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This is one of Maui's smaller beaches, but it has some of the best snorkeling on the island.
Sugar Beach on Maui

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With Haleakala Volcano in the distance, Sugar Beach is a total sweet spot to relax in the surf.
Makua Beach on Oahu
You might think it's impossible to find a beach that feels secluded on the heavily populated island of Oahu, but if you drive down to the west side, Makua Beach will prove you wrong.
Kualoa Beach on Oahu
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Ever wanted to sleep under the swaying palm trees and stars? Reserve a camping spot and enjoy Kualoa Beach Park all weekend long.

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