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Maha'ulepu Beach



Maha'ulepu Beach
Activities
Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Hiking, Beach Exploring, Beach Strolls, Beach Weddings
Maha'ulepu Beach
Facilities
Dirt Parking Lot, No Lifeguard




Maha'ulepu Beach - Kauai

The beach is separated into three different parts: Gillin's Beach, Kawailoa Bay, and Haula Beach. The beach offers protection from the surf in parts and can be great for swimming. Fossils of extinct birds have been found in sand dunes along the shoreline.

Mahaulepu Beach is great spot for exploring. The water is usually calm due to a protective reef and shallow water. The name Mahaulepu means "falling together," as in two warriors falling in battle. 

When King Kamehameha attempted to invade Kauai in 1796, many of his war canoes were sunk during a storm in the channel between Oahu and Kauai. However, a few managed to land here on the beach. The warriors who made it to shore were exhausted. Kauai's defenders caught them sleeping near their canoes just before dawn, and slaughtered all but a few. Those who escaped, fearful of facing Kamehameha's wrath, paddled all the way to the Big Island.

Maha'ulepu Beach Video

  • Gillin's Beach

    Gillin's Beach
    South Shore Beach
    No Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
    Gillin's Beach was named for the long time engineering supervisor of the Grove Farm Company, the owners of the sugar plantation behind the beach.
    Gillin's Beach: Windsurfing, Body Boarding
  • Haula Beach

    Haula Beach
    South Shore Beach
    No Restrooms, No Lifeguard
    This small pocket beach sits at the center of a large cove with a low, flat, rock shelf fronting the rest of the beach. Behind the beach are the highest sand dunes on the south shore. Adding to the rugged beauty of the area, waves have cut jagged edges, s
    Haula Beach: Fishing
  • Kawailoa Bay Beach

    Kawailoa Bay Beach
    South Shore Beach
    No Restrooms, Dirt Parking Lot, Roadside Parking, No Lifeguard
    Often there are local families here for picnics and fishing. The shoreline is covered with active and lithified sand dunes. Waves have deeply undercut the sea cliffs below the dunes.
    Kawailoa Bay Beach: Picnics, Windsurfing, Sunbathing, Beach Combing, Beach Strolls

Map & Directions

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From Lihue
Drive South on the 50 7 miles. Turn left on Maluhia Rd. (520) (the Tree Tunnel road). Continue 3.25 miles on Maluhia, and jog over a block to the left on Koloa Rd., turning south (left) again on Poipu Rd. There are signs at this intersection for Poipu Beach. Continue 4 miles on Poipu Rd., which curves to the left to follow the shoreline and eventually becomes dirt. Do not continue if you have a very low car, or if it is raining hard. The road continues unpaved for another 2 miles. Turn right when you see gates on the roads to the left and straight ahead.

From the North Shore
Drive South on the 56 35 miles through Kilauea, Kapa'a, and Lihue. Turn left on Maluhia Rd. (520) (the Tree Tunnel road). Continue 3.25 miles on Maluhia, and jog over a block to the left on Koloa Rd., turning south (left) again on Poipu Rd. There are signs at this intersection for Poipu Beach. Continue 4 miles on Poipu Rd., which curves to the left to follow the shoreline and eventually becomes dirt. Do not continue if you have a very low car, or if it is raining hard. The road continues unpaved for another 2 miles. Turn right when you see gates on the roads to the left and straight ahead.

From the South Shore
Drive South 4 miles on Poipu Rd., which curves to the left to follow the shoreline and eventually becomes dirt. Do not continue if you have a very low car, or if it is raining hard. The road continues unpaved for another 2 miles. Turn right when you see gates on the roads to the left and straight ahead.  


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Maha'ulepu Beach Safety

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This beach has strong currents and dangerous waves breaking on rocks, ledges and reefs. Ocean floor also has sharp coral.