Spectacular Beaches offf the beaten path

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The very sharp lava path to Kawailoa Bay…wear hiking boots!

A lovely lounging day.  Jeff, my brother-in-law, took his son golfing in the morning and I watched my daughter and niece in the pool for a few hours while my wife and Patti (sister-in-law) drove to the “Big Save” in Koloa to load up on groceries for our stay. A pointer here is that the “Big Save” is a cheaper way to gain food supplies then any other place around --- prices in Hawaii are high regardless, but in tourist areas they are exorbitant!


After their return I was afforded an afternoon to go exploring and headed for the Maha’ulepu Beaches.  I jogged roughly three miles along sugar cane plantation roads (i.e., dirt) before reaching the beaches, and was overcome by the beauty.

Undercut shelf along Kawailoa Bay
  Picked up the trail to Gillin’s Beach and was greeted by enormous waves pounding a coastline alternating between white sand beaches and lofty cliffs undercut by the pounding surf.


Starting my official hike, I soon regretted leaving my hiking boots behind as the path was a narrow up-and-down fissure along old lava flows pretty much overgrown with native vegetation…including a nasty woody sticker plant of some sort.  Oozing minor blood, I reached the beach and everything became delight!


How cool is it to see so many people on a secluded beach where the waves are violent and yet brave souls are dotting the seascape on their para-sails?  The shoreline here is very twisty, and I kept rounding corners to encounter new groups of people.  Very few children though…the undercurrent is especially nasty here.  Finally I began to ascend out of the beach area to he undercut lava shelves.

These were brilliant.  I was astonished being perhaps thirty feet above sea level and still receiving spray from the massive breaking waves.  Nature further impressed me with the occasional water spouts that popped up along the trail…watch your step!  The power of the ocean is completely manifested here – the crashing surf in your ears, the mist in your face and the visual panorama of gigantic waves absolutely pounding everything along the coast!

cotton_foam says:
literary piece! I like your descriptions of the ocean...
Posted on: Oct 31, 2014
vances says:
But Kalalau (trail along the Na Pali coast of Kauai) is even more awesome than these terrific beaches. If you are up for a challenging hike you won't find better views!
Posted on: Oct 20, 2014
anupa_rk says:
This is the reason I have to go back to Hawaii. I didn't visit Kauai!
Posted on: Oct 20, 2014
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The very sharp lava path to Kawail…
The very sharp lava path to Kawai…
Undercut shelf along Kawailoa Bay
Undercut shelf along Kawailoa Bay
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