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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 with showers likely. Lows 58 to 70. East winds up to 10 mph shifting to the northwest in the late evening and overnight. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Temperature: 62.0° F
Relative Humidity: 96%
Pressure: 29.91"
Dew Point: 61.0° F

Winds from the ESE at 1.0 mph gusting to 3.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:08 AM
Sunset: 5:57 PM
Weather reported from Connie's Pet Sitting - Kalihiwai Ridge, Kilauea, HI (KHIKILAU4)
Partly sunny. Breezy. Showers likely in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 82. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 46 to 61. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 65 to 78. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 49 to 64. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:15 AM
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