Kee Beach. Highway 560 on the North Shore literally dead-ends at this beach, pronounced kay-eh. This is also the start of the famous Kalalau Trail, and a culturally significant area to Native Hawaiians, who still use an ancient heiau dedicated to hula. (It's not appropriate to hang out on the grass platform or leave offerings there.) The setting is gorgeous, with Makana (a prominent peak that Hollywood dubbed "Bali Hai" in the blockbuster musical South
Pacific) dramatically imposing itself on the lovely coastline and lots of lush tropical vegetation. The small beach is protected by a reef—except during high surf—creating a small sandy-bottom lagoon that's a popular snorkeling spot. There can be a strong current in winter. Unfortunately, it's so heavily visited that parking is difficult, if not impossible. Expect to park quite a distance from the beach. It's a great place to watch the sunset lighting up Napali Coast. Amenities: lifeguards; parking; showers, toilets. Best for: swimming; snorkeling; sunset; walking.