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Pila'a Beach

Pila'a Beach
Snorkeling, Sunbathing
Pila'a Beach
No Restrooms, No Lifeguard

Pila'a Beach - Kauai

Pilaa Beach is a sparsely visited beach. It is difficult to access and since the nearshore ocean bottom is rocky, it's not a good beach for swimming. The beach is a good spot to just relax without the crowds, but since the trail to it is rocky, it's even challenging to bring a picnic basket.
This beach is actually two sections of sand divided by a rocky point. The eastern section is protected somewhat by Kepuhi Point. A stream crosses the western section of sand. A wide reef extends from Kephuhi Point to Kilauea Bay, two miles to the west. During calm conditions, the western section has a couple of sandy bottom areas that are good for swimming. The outer section of the reef has a channel that is a major drainage point for the reef. A powerful rip current runs through this channel during periods of high surf. It is visible from the access trail on the hill to the west. The reef in front of Pila‘a and the rocky shoreline west of the beach is popular with experienced snorkelers and spearfishers.
The property behind Pilaa is privately owned and there is no direct right-of-way to the beach. Both pockets of sand can be seen from the hill to the west. A trail from the base of the hill leads over the rocky shoreline to the west section of the beach. The trail drops 180 feet in elevation and is about a half mile long.

Map & Directions

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From the North
Head east past Princeville on Highway 56. Turn north on Waiakalua Road at mile post 20.7. Then travel .7 miles on pavement. After the road takes a right angle and nearly dead ends, turn to the east, take the 1st left and go .3 miles on a dirt road. There is parking for about 8 cars. Follow the path about 220 vertical feet to the base. Careful, its slippery when wet. When you get to the bottom, you can hop lava rocks a quarter mile to the east to Pila beach, or just walk to the west to Waiakalua Beach.

At the top by the parking lot there are a few trails. The trail to your right, leads to Pila'a Beach after a steep decent and some rock hopping. The trail to the left goes to Waiakalu Beaches and it steep and covered in pine needles.

Waiakalu road has no road sign (at least not one we could find). However it's the entrance to Kilauea Farms on the ocean side (there are two entrances, you want the one towards the ocean, not inland).

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