Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail (Kauai)

Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail (11) Date: 04/05/2015

Location: Poipu, Kauai

Distance: 3.6 mile RT (Eastern Section)

Elevation: negligible

“Heritage” conjures a mental picture of prestige and stateliness; therefore, a Heritage trail should be a wide, paved, flip-flop approved path, with a cabana bar tended by a Hawaiian maiden at the bend of the road. So I thought. After casually getting direction from a lifeguard at Poipu Beach, I drove down road enchanted by Grand Hyatt and a golf course onto…. a dirt road with Jacuzzi sized pot holes!

beginning of TH near Ka-wai-loa bay

beginning of TH near Ka-wai-loa bay

Arriving at the end of the road, violating my car rental agreement in the process, I figured out that I had skipped western (I missed the Cabana?) 1/2 of the trail , and arrived at Ka-wai-loa Bay (I think) to begin the eastern 1/2.  It was a real find though.

trail meanders along the beautiful coast

trail meanders along the beautiful coast

The entire trail was without any signs or markers. The path at times disappeared into beach sand and rocky shores, but hugged the shoreline consistently. Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail (5)

A secluded beach was reached after about one mile.

A secluded beach was reached after about one mile.

Leaving the beach, path disappeared into jagged rocky traverse.

Leaving the beach, path disappeared into jagged rocky traverse

Leading to the final bay

Leading to the final bay

Ha'ula Beach and Bay

Ha’ula Beach and Bay

I climbed down to this gorgeous beach hesitantly noticing a lovelorn couple at eastern end of the beach. It’s an eternal place of sun, surf and ocean air.

The beach is just too beautiful to resist

The beach is just too beautiful to resist

Though lacking in signs and directions, this resplendent coastal trail made up with audacious views and sparkling beaches.

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