Also known as From Here to Eternity Beach and "Pounders," this little beauty is never crowded due to the short, treacherous climb down to the sand. But for the intrepid, what a treat this spot can be. It's in a break in the ocean cliffs, with the surrounding crags providing protection from the wind. Open-ocean waves roll up onto the beach (thus the second nickname), but unlike at Sandy Beach, a gently sloping sand bottom takes much of the punch out of them before they hit the shore. Turtles frequent the small cove, seeking respite from the otherwise blustery coast. It's great for packing a lunch and holing up for the day. The current is mellow inside the cove but dangerous once you get outside it. Amenities: parking (no fee). Best for: sunrise; solitude.
8699 Kalanianaole Hwy., below the Halona Blow Hole Lookout parking lot, Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, 96825, United States