According to the State of Hawaii, nudity is illegal at state beaches. But if you ask a local, you will find out that there are quite a few beaches that are well-known for being “clothing-optional” or “nude.”
Due to a case in 2000, there is still some debate as to whether it is really illegal to sunbathe and swim nude. Before you head out to the beach, make sure that it is a well established “clothing optional” beach, because the police don’t hesitate to enforce the no-nudity rule. So, when in doubt…keep your shorts on.
Since nudity is illegal at all state beaches, we cannot endorse it. However, here are a few beaches that are known by locals to be “clothing optional:”
- Big Island: Honokohau Harbor Beach, Kehena Beach (Dolphin Beach), Steam Vents.
- Kauai: Donkey Beach, Secret Beach.
- Oahu: none
- Maui: Little Beach at Makena (Pu’u Ola’i Beach), Red Sand Beach in Hana (Kaihalulu Beach)
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