Posted by: Anna Webb | February 17, 2010

Kehena Beach: The Naked Truth

Early morning shot of Kehena Beach

Located on the Red Road, Rt. 137 along the lower Puna coast, Kehena Beach (also known as Dolphin Beach) is a prominent landmark for both local residents and visitors.

Its one of Hawaii’s Big Island “power spots” and for good reason as it is situated just down the coast from Kilauea and the lava flow of the Pu’u’O’o vent. The energy at Kehena Beach changes somewhat depending upon the crowd (or, the crowd is drawn there due to its fluctuating energy).

The ocean activity at this beach is as energetic as the people who frequent it. Brilliant blue waves crash against black lava rock and a beach of black sand inclines down into the water line creating a strong undertow and, in my opinion, a strong electromagnetic field. The entire beach is enclosed by a 30 foot high rock cliff and surrounded on both sides by rocky peninsulas jutting into the ocean, creating a cove, encapsulating this energy.

The beach itself is gorgeous with fine black sand amidst hosting several large rocks and boulders and a nice grove of ironwood trees.  The hike down is NOT easy by any means but moderate on a scale of mild to difficult. A good sturdy pair of shoes is important as the trail descends through uneven rock.  Near the bottom, round smooth rocks have sand on them making them deceivingly slippery, as well.

Rainbow over Kehena Beach

Ultimately, Kehena Beach is not for the faint of heart. In addition to the steep descent into it and the strong ocean and powerful current, it is a clothing optional beach and most people take advantage of the option. There is not a sense of taboo in this respect. In fact, the seclusion of the beach itself and the attitude of its visitors make it seem quite natural. People from all over the world gravitate to the natural energy hotspot. Whether local or tourists, they are not there to ogle one another, and are simply there to gather and visit or to swim.

There are no life guards at Kehena Beach and the waves are dangerous. Locals seem to have developed a technique for entering the ocean at the right pace, diving through the shoreline waves at just the right time to make it past the breakline which  constantly changes. However, it’s possible to get pummeled in the wave breaks and rolled around like clothing in a washing machine.

Dolphins often frequent the waters off Kehena Beach. One of my first experiences after moving to this area nearly three years ago was spotting the dolphins while driving along Red Road. We came upon a rise just above the beach and saw the dolphins playing off shore. A woman with a long scarf swam out to meet them. A dolphin took the scarf she handed to them and they swam with it and exchanged it between them. It was a most surreal experience.

The morning crowd seems to be an older group. Some can be found doing tai chi or other forms of energy work. The morning sun is warm and welcoming and there is less chance to get burned. By 10am, the sun’s rays becomes hot and those who do not have a full body tan would be wise to cover up the parts that are not accustomed to being exposed to it.

The mid to late afternoon crowd encompasses folks of all ages. Children build sand castles while young people play like water sprites along the shoreline. Middle aged people swim with a child-like playfulness and older folks sit and chat with one another and greet old friends. Some bring instruments and drum or play flutes.  It’s an interesting mix of the eclectic and mainstream, all of whom revel in the openness of the right to bear it all in a natural setting.

Sunday afternoons brings a crowd of regulars together to drum, sing and dance. It’s quite crowded at this time so if you are in the mood for a quiet, private experience, Sunday afternoon is not the optimal time to go. However, if you are in the mood for a group gathering, visiting Kehena Beach on a Sunday afternoon will be a unique experience to remember.

Kehena Beach sits unassumingly along the Red Road. There is no sign announcing its presence. A small unmaintained parking area, which the local community keeps quite clean, accommodates about 10-15 cars at most. Overflow parking is allowed along both sides of the road.

If you decide to make Kehena Beach a stop on your vacation remember to respect the land and the power of the ocean. People have died there and people have learned how to live life to its fullest there. There is no “in-between”. Last year the area lost a local icon, “Uncle” Manu. As it was told to me, at one point that day he said, “Today is a good day to die.” Later, he entered the ocean and drowned.

Interesting place, Kehena Beach. Visit it with abandon and play with caution.

Blog article about Uncle Manu

Article about strong current at Kehena Beach sweeping 6 people out to sea

Another blog about Kehena Beach

Free music downloads from Kehena Beach Sunday drum circle

Posted by: Anna Webb | October 30, 2014

Pahoa Lava Flow Stalled for Now

The Pahoa lava flow stalled out today creating a respite for local residents in process of evacuating the area. Officials stress that this does not mean they are out of danger as it will likely start flowing again in the near future.

Lava Flow Stalls but Still Not Over

CNN: Lava burns vegetation as it approaches a property boundary early on the morning of Tuesday, October 28. A lava flow from the volcano Kilauea is advancing on the community of about 950 people on Hawaii's Big Island. By early Tuesday, the flow was about 70 yards (64 meters) from the closest home and moving to the northeast at 8 to 11 yards (7-10 meters) per hour, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

CNN: Lava burns vegetation as it approaches a property boundary early on the morning of Tuesday, October 28. A lava flow from the volcano Kilauea is advancing on the community of about 950 people on Hawaii’s Big Island. By early Tuesday, the flow was about 70 yards (64 meters) from the closest home and moving to the northeast at 8 to 11 yards (7-10 meters) per hour, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Aloha all – I’ve not been as active posting to the Daily Flow since relocating back to mainland. Given the current daily flow of the July 27th eruption into Pahoa Town, it’s time to resume posting.

I lived in the Puna District and on Hawaii’s Big Island for over 5 years, and as anyone knows whether visitor or resident it’s a love affair that lasts a lifetime. It’s a love affair with the land and its people.

Pahoa Town was our “go to” place for gas, groceries, supplies, music, restaurants and shops. I lived in an area by the ocean where I could see the steam plume from my lanai. It flowed southwest into the ocean across the pali near Kalapana for years. Since July 27, 2014, it has been flowing in the opposite direction of northeast toward more populated areas. And now, it encroaches Pahoa Town.

I will be posting articles and updating my blog regularly. I will be visiting Hawaii’s Big Island from November 6th-December 2nd and hope to be able to visit my Ohana that live in Seaview and off Red Road, but sadly if Highway 130 gets covered I may be unable to do so.

Posting respectfully to those affected by the lava will be my first priority. Blessings and love to those in her path.

Photo posted on Facebook by Mileka Lincoln

Photo posted on Facebook by Mileka Lincoln

Lava Now 70 yards from nearest residential home

Posted by: Anna Webb | August 6, 2014

Genevieve Becomes Typhoon Fenghsen

Genevieve is located in the left area of the image

Genevieve is located in the left area of the image

Genevieve passed by the Hawaiian Islands today only to grow in strength and become Typhoon Fengshen. This system promises to be a force beyond reckoning.

Watch this system as it grows in strength….

Battle between Pele (yellow, warm dry air) and Iselle (blue, moist cool air).

Battle between Pele (yellow, warm dry air) and Iselle (blue, moist cool air).

A hurricane warning has been issued for Hawaii’s Big Island in addition to flash flood warnings throughout the islands.
If, in fact, Iselle is a hurricane when it makes landfall on Big Island, it will be an unprecedented “first” and meteorologists aren’t sure what will happen.

Here is a good article to read “What to Expect from Hawaii’s First Hurricane Landfall in 22 Years”

Posted by: Anna Webb | August 6, 2014

Hawaii Hurricanes – Update

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Check out Hurricane Julio’s 5-day forecast and batten down the hatches!

Tropical Storm Iselle is making landfall right now. It is reported that HPP (Hawaiian Paradise Park) has a lot of damage. Even though this weather system has been downgraded to a tropical storm means little with regard to heavy rain and windspeed.

In addition, there are many tree species on the  island that are not indigenous to the area which makes them vulnerable to wind damage. 15-25 ft. waves are being observed with up to 70 ft. high splashes! Best to stay away from the beaches and avoid coastal roads if possible.

It’s recommended that you shelter in place at this point – however, here is a list of shelters for your information should you decide it is too dangerous to stay in your home because of damage.


Posted by: Anna Webb | February 6, 2014

Winter on Big Island

Yes, Paradise has Winter weather and this past week brought snow to Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Hawaii's Big Island from Space - Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa snow capped.

Hawaii’s Big Island from Space – Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa snow capped.

Photo of snow covered road to Mauna Kea.

Photo of snow covered road to Mauna Kea.

It’s truly an experience to be able to ski at 12,000 feet elevation and be back on the beach in about an hour. And, a spectacular sight to see the snow capped majesty of the volcanoes that formed the island.

Winter’s not over yet – and freezing temps will stick around for a while. Please be mindful of the dangers of hiking the mountains. One hiker had to be rescued after being stranded for two days. Enjoy and stay safe!

Mauna Kea Hazards

Mauna Kea Forecast


Posted by: Anna Webb | January 23, 2014

Pacific Ocean Buoy Array Data Drops to 40 Percent

Meteorologists and Scientists from around the world depend upon data sent from the TAO/TRITON array of buoys in the Pacific Ocean to predict weather patterns around the world. Once 80-90 percent operational, by the end of 2013 that information has dropped to around 40 percent.

This data has been used in the past to create weather models and provide early alerts likely saving both lives and money specifically with regard to El Nino events. Droughts, flooding and severe Winter weather can all be attributed to the El Nino and La Nina patterns.

But why the sudden collapse? In simple terms, U.S. funding cuts and the retirement of one of the U. S. ships key to maintaining the buoys caused the rapid collapse of the array. Concerned Scientists from around the World will be meeting in San Diego next week at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to discuss what’s needed to salvage, sustain and maintain the array of buoys and hope to announce new funding sources.

Red Buoys are stations with no data

Red Buoys are stations with no data

Funding will not likely come from the U.S. unfortunately demonstrating its priority regarding climate change and the environment and will more likely come from Asian countries such as China and South Korea, also affected by Pacific Ocean weather patterns.

Good Article from, Australia

You can see all the buoys with no data from the NOAA National Data Buoy Center


Posted by: Anna Webb | January 23, 2014

Largest Swell in a Decade Arrives on Hawaii Island Shores

It’s a surfer’s dream and a homeowner’s nightmare but regardless of perspective, 40-50ft. swell and record waves keep rolling in on the North Shores of several islands.

Buoys in the Pacific Ocean are an excellent way to get a head’s up on what to expect and rightly predicted the largest surf in a decade. Even though extremely dangerous current threatens, this is the stuff of which surfer’s dreams are made, especially on Oahu’s North Shore. Surfing “Pipe” is IT and with the Volcom Pipe Pro 2014 beginning on January 26th – February 7th, you can believe that many arrived early to take advantage of these ridiculous waves.

Bonzai Pipeline

Image from Pipe Masters 2013



This competition provides the opportunity for non-World Tour surfers to qualify for entry into the ultimate Pipe Masters event.




Meanwhile Southern California beaches brace for big surf, as well, and you can be sure every North Shore wanabe will honor the sport this weekend by rippin’ there, as well.

So far minimal damage is reported but with high winds and possible storms making landfall, anything is possible. After all, that’s what Winter is in Hawaii.

Central Pacific Radar

National Data Buoy Center

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 23, 2014

Surfing Pipe: Impressive Video

This Winter Season has been an incredible opportunity to catch big wave. This video taken with a Drone and a GoPro is probably the best surfing video I’ve ever seen.

Had to share!

Watch Video Here

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Posted by: Anna Webb | December 30, 2013

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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