In order to reach the beach you are required to hike, just like Makalawena some beaches are worth the journey. Head out early to get a good amount of time in, once you discover this place you won't want to leave. Be sure to bring good shoes for the hike. Water and sunblock are a good idea. The hike pays off when you reach the bay and find a quiet shoreline to enjoy.
**This land is currently in dispute. The county is working out a way to open up this beach to the public but for now brave hikers who can find a quiet and safe place to park their car are hiking down the closed road to the beach.
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[OCEAN VIEW — The name gets it right — it’s ocean view, but that’s about as close to the water as you get.
For almost 16 miles of coastline stretching north from South Point, there is no public access to the shoreline. Thousands of Ocean View residents who want a day at the beach have to travel north to Hookena or south to Punaluu Beach. The trip can be 40 minutes in either direction.
For years, it’s irked residents who say shoreline access is a basic right.
Now, a group is working to change that lack of availability. Residents have their sights set on the scenic but inaccessible Pohue Bay at the bottom of Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos. The bay — billed as having the only white-sand beach in Ka‘u — is owned by a company that once planned to build golf courses, an airport, two hotels, a Hawaiian heritage center and a village on 16,456 acres before the project ran into public opposition a handful of years ago.
Gates and boulders have blocked the road to the bay for years. A few hikers have traversed miles of ancient trail from Highway 11 to get to the beach, but even that trail reportedly has fences across it.
Residents who are trying to figure out how to get the beach opened up acknowledge they have to grapple with a number of issues, from gaining access to regulating the behavior of future users. The area has a number of historic trails, heiau, petroglyphs and other cultural features. It’s also a prime nesting area for endangered hawksbill sea turtles.
“It’s a beautiful bay, one of the few beaches that actually has sand and palm trees,” said Naalehu Rep. Richard Creagan. “The question is, how does the public get control of the beach and have access without the beach getting overwhelmed?”
In 2012, the County Council approved a resolution calling on the county administration to begin negotiations to buy a conservation easement on the land. County interest in the land stretches back decades, with the property ranked second on a 2006 list of potential land purchases.
Former Ka‘u Councilwoman Brittany Smart introduced that resolution, and the owner was willing to sell the easement and wanted the land in conservation, Smart said.] Click here to read the full story on Hawaii Tribune Herald.
By BRET YAGER West Hawaii Today