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Malama Maha'ulepu - TEMPORARY CLOSED

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Address: Southern coast, Kauai, HI

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GREAT ISOLATED BEACH

Can be accessed via road or via the trail from Poipu. The road gates are locked around 1800 by Grove Farms, so be out by then or you will stay the night. The road is very unkempt... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 January 2017
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Murrieta, California
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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Can be accessed via road or via the trail from Poipu. The road gates are locked around 1800 by Grove Farms, so be out by then or you will stay the night. The road is very unkempt, there are potholes that could hide a small car. But after traversing this stretch of road you will be rewarded with a fantastic... More 

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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

This is a beautiful area not just the beaches but the cliffs. It is a great place to hike and explore the coast. We saw spinner dolphins and whales. Read all the reviews regarding the warnings of the potholed road (we did it in a rental sedan but we went real slow and carefully - it could be easy to... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2014

After being at Poipu Beach we decided to check out Maha'ulepu and were very glad we did! Luckily we had rented a Wrangler, otherwise I think the road might have dissuaded us from driving down there in a regular car. Very bumpy/potholed/puddly road which is fun to drive in someone else's 4WD vehicle. Once you get there the beach is... More 

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Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I think this beach has several parts - we were at Kawailoa Bay. If you're willing to drive two miles each way down a DEEPLY potholed road, this is a ruggedly scenic beach. Not like a gentle tropical paradise, but more wild, with crashing waves, alternating rock outcrops with sand, and pine trees right next to the water for shade.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

This is one of the hardest beaches to get to on Kauai. Found it much more difficult than Polihale. We had a jeep and glad we did as the potholes could easily damage a car. But, if you take your time you are in for a treat. Would love to go back for a longer visit and explore more of... More 

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Malama Maha'ulepu is an organization striving to protect this gorgeous stretch of beach, east of the Hyatt. Malama means take care of. Maha'ulepu, as others have noted is a privately owned beach that is closed at night. The owner, Grove Farm, would like to develop this area with resorts but the organization has worked for decades to keep this pristine... More 

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Our experience here ruined our honeymoon. We spent the afternoon on the beach and hiked around with good faith intention of being out by 6pm when the gates close. Our phone battery died so we did not have the EXACT time. They lock the gate at 5:59 so arriving even a couple (2!) minutes late (as we did) can cost... More 

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Orono, Maine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013

You should know that access to this beach by road is via private property - which is only open during the day. We got there around 5:45, not even realizing we might be locked in. (We learned later from one of our guide books that the gate closes at "sunset," but that isn't accurate.) We drove for a couple of... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

This is the first time we've been to this beach, even though we've been to Poipu several times. The multiple beaches are outstanding. There were quite a few people there, but it is so large, there was still plenty of beach for everyone :)

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

This is another MUST DO for couples. Your rental car WILL get you there. You just have to drive slow and manuever around the pot holes. Be sure to hike AS FAR as humanly possible. There were times when we thought it was the end only to be surprised by the last beach. There are VERY few people and a... More 

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