Spectacular Beaches offf the beaten path
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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
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.
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!