Lumahai Beach was made famous by the movie South Pacific. Lava rocks scattered along the mouth of the beach create a waterfall effects as the surf breaks and recedes over the rugged terrain.
The swimming, however, is another story. Strong currents, fierce waves, and unbelievable backwash make the water here unsafe almost all the time. The Lumahai' Stream, on the left, is sometimes cut off from the ocean during the summer due to large deposits of sand. In this case, cooling off in the fresh water of the stream is an option.
A rock outcropping separates Lumahai Beach
(West Lumahai) from Kahalahala Beach
(sometimes called East Lumahai) a mere naming technicality. They are referred to both as Lumahai, which may cause confusion, since they are both very different.