Pu‘u Poa Beach
Protected by a narrow reef offers great snorkeling
with teems of colorful fish in crystal clear water.
Safe when the surf is not high. The sandy beach
is located directly below Princeville Hotel. Park at
the small public parking lot. Take the beach access
steps by the guardhouse at the hotel entrance.
Nature’s wonder of a large crescent tidepool at
the edge of the ocean created in an old lava shelf
can be a picturesque beach to swim in crystal
clear warm water and explore the tidepools. No
facilities or lifeguards. Park in the dirt parking lot.
To access, hike down a steep jungle trail from the
top of the lookout.
Mākua “Tunnels” Beach
This is one of the best snorkeling beaches due
to the wide-fringing reef with a huge variety
of fish swimming around in the shallow inner
and outer reefs. The exceptional beach is
surrounded by gently sloping sand and is well
protected with incredible mountain scenery
popular with swimmers, surfers, windsurfers
and beachcombers. The best snorkeling is in the
center by the crescent shaped reef. Scuba divers
can explore the underwater caverns near the shore.
Beware of sharp reefs, rip currents and dangerous
water conditions. No facilities at this beach but the
facilities at Hā‘ena State Park are nearby. Lifeguard
on duty. Take one of two dirt roads off Hwy 56
north of Hanalei near the 8 mile marker.
About a two mile
hike down from
the Kalalau Trail
Beach. The beach
is beautiful but
swim. A difficult
two mile hike inland near the stream leads to the
waterfalls and a spectacular pool. Kalalau Beach is
a long and wide sandy beach backed by sand dunes
located at the end of the trail ( 9 additional miles).
There are other beautiful pristine beaches such
as Miloli‘i Beach and Honopu Beach in the park
but they are only accessible by boat. Swimming
and wading is dangerous due to strong currents
and powerful waves at all the beaches in this awe-inspiring park. Camping allowed with permit. No
lifeguard on duty. Access the beach from Kalalau
Trail from Kē‘ē Beach at the end of Hwy 56.
PICTURED: TUNNELS BEACH (LEF T)
becomes a large fantastic swimming pool to enjoy
when water is calm. Do not enter when the water
is not calm. It is very dangerous during the winter
months and high surf and should be avoided at
these times. It will be difficult to find during high
surf. The trail is located where Punahele Road and
Kapiolani Loop meet. Follow the trail off Kapiolani
Rd. The trail will pass a seasonal waterfall and lead
to the lava-fringed ocean. Walk towards the left
and look for the horseshoe shaped lava shelf.
Surrounded by rolling hills, this beach is secluded
and off the beaten path with a wide crescent
shaped sandy beach perfect for couples to catch
a spectacular sunset or sunbathe, swim, snorkel
and beachcomb. Be cautious of dangerous water
conditions. The southeast side of the beach offers
the best swimming and boogie boarding with
plenty of shade. The beach is located where the
Molo‘a (matted roots) Stream feeds into the bay.
Located off Ko‘olau Rd. between mile markers 16
and 17. Take the narrow Moloa‘a Rd. to the end
and follow the signs to the beach.
Pali Ke Kua (Hideaways)
Two beaches separated by a rocky point both have
excellent snorkeling with a variety of tropical fish
when the water is calm. Check ocean conditions
carefully before entering for rip currents and do
not enter when there is high surf. The large false
kamani trees offer shade on the bed of coarse
sand. People are scarce due to limited parking
and hidden trail. Located off Ka Haku Rd. Take
the path next to Pu‘u Poa tennis courts just before
you reach the Princeville Hotel gatehouse and
hike down to the beach.
A fabulous secluded beach with a long, fringing
reef and shade along the sandy beach. Snorkeling
and swimming can be good if the ocean is calm.
There is a cool freshwater stream at the far end
of the beach. Beware of dangerous rip currents,
surges and high surf. Located off North Waiakalua
Rd. Before the road ends, take the dirt road on the
left side all the way to the end. Take the trail to
the left and it’s the beach on the left. The beach on
the right, past the Kepuhi Point is Waipakā Beach.