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Polihale Beach Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > West Kauai
Summary
Length17 mi
Elev. Gain200 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeBeach
The Polihale beach with its 100-foot dunes and big waves is the longest beach of the state stretching for 17 miles. Polihale according to ancient Hawaiian mythology was the entry to the afterworld.

You can start your trail with a walk on the beach to the north. After reaching 3.4-mile mark, take a left to reach the 3000 feet wide loop reef area called Queen's Pond. You can take a dip here and settle on the north end of the beach for camping. Walk past the campsites towards the Polihale Cliff where you will find the remains of an ancient temple at the base of the cliff. This brings you to the end of the trail. But don't fail to notice the warning signs while you enjoy the beach. In winter the seas become violent and very dangerous to swim. Even the Queen's Pond is not suitable for swimming in winter.
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Best time to go
Year-round

Cost
None

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 5.223' N
159° 45.31' W

Driving Directions:
You need to drive on Hwy. 50 west from Waimea and continue going for 5 miles on the mucky road to the left till you reach Polihale. You park the car at the north end of the beach.
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Weather Report for Kekaha, HI
Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 52 to 67. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 69.3° F
Relative Humidity: 78%
Pressure: 30.00"
Dew Point: 62.0° F

Winds from the SSE at 2.0 mph gusting to 7.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.60"
Today: 1.51"

Sunrise: 7:05 AM
Sunset: 6:39 PM
Weather reported from Connie's Pet Sitting - Kalihiwai Ridge, Kilauea, HI (KHIKILAU4)
Forecast
Friday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 68 to 81. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Haze in the evening. Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows 53 to 68. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 67 to 80. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 53 to 68. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:54 PM
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