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Kauai Trip: Po’ipu hike

May 7, 2010

Along the southern edge of Kauai is a 2+ mile trail that travels along the shoreline to a beach. The Maha’ulepu coast trail starts next to the Hyatt Regency Resort at Shipwreck beach and heads east. It snakes along the shoreline over Makawehi bluff, traverses part of the golf course, through an ancient heiau, over Punahoa Pt. to Maha’ulepu Beach. I found after making the trip I took very few photos along the way. Hopefully Mike & Shannon have more.

If you take the journey please remember to take plenty of water and lots of sun protection! There is very little shade on the trail.

A local encouraged us to park at the Hyatt Regency Resort and walk through their facilities. Stop at the concierge desk to pick up a map with key points of interest. It took us quite a while to navigate our way out to the beach. HR sure has a lot of amenities for their guests!

Before entering the facility, there is a koi pond was well stocked with healthy fish and black swans. I used to keep fish and had a koi pond for a while until the great blue heron ate all my fish one morning…. Maybe someday in the future I’ll have more.

This is a shot towards Makahu’ena Point, the southern most point of Kauai.

All the shots are rather bright. We were out in the noon day sun… (something about only mad dogs and Englishmen?)

The craggy spires below were interesting.

Unfortunately, that was all I took for this hike. We did spend several hours swimming in the ocean (Kim, Dave & I), until Dave cut his hand on coral. Kim & I stayed in and bobbed like plump corks in the crashing waves. Lots of fun! We  eventually headed back and by the time we reached the parking we had received an overdose of sun. Break out the aloe and more water!

Next up: Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Moloa’a Bay

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  1. May 12, 2010 11:28 pm

    It’s as if there’s a Doppler effect for tropical seas. The closer you get to the tropics, the greater the shift towards azure. Love it.

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