Kalihiwai Bay

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Kalihiwai Bay

Kalihiwai Bay Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Kalihiwai Bay is a deep water bay with a wide crescent of sand. The bay is rimmed by shady groves of ironwood trees and picnic tables. The sheer rock lava cliffs of Ka Lae O Kowali on the west and the towering sea cliffs of Kapukaamoi Point on the east border each side of the protected bay. The Kalihiwai River flows out of the interior valley, crossing the center of the pristine bay en route to the sea. At the mouth of the river is a large, shallow lagoon.

From the parking area, walk along the beach to the left (west) on the firm sand. The path leads to the wide mouth of the Kalihiwai River at the southern end of the picturesque bay. Across the river are magnificent views of the lush forested hillsides. Return to the right along the wide, curved pocket of the bay parallel to the ironwood trees on the backshore. The beach strand ends at the base of black lava rock formations extending out to sea."

Kalihiwai Bay Trip Reports

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It is a small beach, but we had a great time. Unlike your normal wide flat beach, these beaches were steep and fun to run up and down toward the water. Due to this, boogie boarders frequent it so it was fun to watch them have fun with the waves. We tried to walk across Kilauea Stream during low tide, but the opposite shoreline was pretty rocky. Lots of palm trees behind the beach to give you cover from sun or rain.

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