North Kona - Kekaha Kai Beach: Want to see a beautiful sand beach? The nice beaches arent easy to get to on the Big Island. This is the closest one to Kona that is really beautiful. 1/2 hour north of Kona, you have to take a CRAZY bumpy lava road to the parking area. Dont chicken out, just take it slow and you will make it. Then hike 5 minutes North of parking lot on the open lava trail to get to a really picturesque beach with trees for shade.