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Polihale Beach Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > West Kauai
Length17 mi
Elev. Gain200 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating7 / 10
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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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
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Lows 58 to 76. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Temperature: 68.6° F
Relative Humidity: 94%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 67.0° F

Winds from the SE at 0.0 mph gusting to 1.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.40"

Sunrise: 6:37 AM
Sunset: 6:08 PM
Weather reported from Connie's Pet Sitting - Kalihiwai Ridge, Kilauea, HI (KHIKILAU4)
Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Isolated showers. Highs 74 to 86. Light winds becoming south around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 56 to 74. Light winds becoming east around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Haze. Highs 75 to 86. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 54 to 72. North winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:16 PM
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