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Visiting Mahaulepu

At the end of Poipu Road, just past the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, go about two miles along the unpaved, historic, sugar cane hauling road. At the intersection, turn right, heading seaward.

From the cleared parking area you can walk through the dunes to Maha`ulepu Beach. If you continue driving or if you walk to the left on the dirt road, you will come to Kawailoa Bay. Parking at Kawailoa is more limited.

Tips for Visiting Mahaulepu

Drive slowly on the dirt roads. Keep the dust to a minimum and enjoy the view of Mt. Haupu and Mahaulepu Valley.

Ocean conditions at Mahaulepu are changeable and, especially from April through October, can be hazardous. For daily ocean conditions at Mahaulepu see:

Mahaulepu is private property.
Grove Farm Company opens a gate in the early morning and closes it in the evening. Please respect their land and their management. There are leased areas within Mahaulepu. Please stay out of fenced areas.

Mahaulepu is a quiet sanctuary.
Mahaulepu is a sacred place to native Hawaiians, especially the extensive dunes which are burial places. Please remember that you are always in or near a cemetery when you are at coastal Mahaulepu.

Protect the natural resources of Mahaulepu.

  • Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals on the beach are resting and are protected by federal law. Stay 100 feet away from seals on the beach or in the ocean.
  • Many of the crawling plants are native.
  • The limestone headlands of Mahaulepu are fragile. Cliffs are undercut and hazardous. Try to stay on paths.
  • Control dogs, please.

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