"Is the road tough up ahead?" I asked.

"Nah, not a problem," he said in a thick pidgin-English accent. "I come here to fish almost every day and never get stuck. I don't even have four-wheel drive."

"Many roads on the island are being closed to SUVs," said another friendly local Hawaiian native, driving a 1987 Jeep Cherokee Laredo with a two-inch lift. "A lot of private construction companies are buying the land and closing the roads for private developments," he said. "You won't get stuck on this one. They put up these signs to keep the tourists out."

I knew exactly what I had to do. I took a deep breath and decided to venture down the trail to look for that empty beach. We took it slow and safe, and we made it.

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