Beaches

Lawai Beach

This beach fronts the Lawai Beach Resort and the Beach House Restaurant. Sometimes this is called the Beach House Beach. The Beach House restaurant is reason enough to visit this beach. But make sure you make reservations far in advance of your trip and try to time your meal with the sunset, they are amazing.

This beach is a popular surf and body boarding spot. If you don't wish to participate, you can watch from the shore, or the grass area next to the beach house. Look for experienced surfers catching waves past the reef.  Snorkeling can also be good here (small pool near the rock wall) when the ocean is calm and the water clear. Turtles and seals are common here also.

Kukui`ula Small Boat Harbor

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This is a very small beach but also as mall boat harbor that is popular with both recreational and commercial boaters. At the back of the harbor is a sheltered, sandy beach. However most of the sand came from somewhere else. This was one of the conditions imposed by Kauai County on the Kukui‘ula Development Co. before they could build a planned resort and residential development was to improve the beach at the harbor. This planned luxury resort is just up the road towards Kolo'a.

During the enhancements loose rocks, shoreline debris and scrub vegetation were removed. This nearly doulbed the beach area and created room for an additional 500 cubic yards of sand. Floats, indicating the swimming area, are planned. 

You will find ledge rocks that are exposed at the shoreline and most of the swimming here has a rocky bottom. The water here is sheltered by a breakwater and is calm in all but the strongest of south swells. Facilities are available in the adjacent harbor park. Beachgoers may use the harbor parking lot or park along Lawa‘i Road, which usually has parking.

Kiahuna Beach

Kiahuna Beach is a section of the popular Poipu Beach, right in front of Kiahuna Plantation Condos. Poipu Beach park is on one side and Lawai beach is on the other. This beach is sometimes also called Sheraton Beach, or by mistake Poipu Beach.

This beach is popular for beginner surfers, snorkelers, and body boarders. You may see others getting first time lessons. The water is usually fairly clam inside the reef. Outside the reef surfers ride the waves, and the water gets much more chopping. This beach doesn't have shade, but you can bring an umbrella to stay out of the sun.

It's easiest to park at Poipu Beach Park.

Poipu beach

Poipu literally means "crashing waves" in Hawaiian. Poipu beach is located near the southern-most tip of Kauai. The beaches in this area are favorites for snorkeling and scuba diving. Water is shallow here and hard to swim in some areas. Surfing can be seen off the western break, and is close enough to watch from the shore.

This is certainly the south shore's busiest beach. With parking, facilities and nearby resorts, this beach is most likely packed any day of the week.

A protruding sand bar with rocks is a neat place to explore. However watch for crashing waves.
This beach consistently receives national and worldwide awards and is know for it's calm waters.

Brennecke's Beach

This beach is next to Poipu Beach on Kauai's south shore. Brennecke's Beach is a small sandy cove right off the road and is popular for body boarding. The waves are pretty consistent here and break both close and further from the shore which suits both beginning and advanced body boarders. Surfing is not allowed near the shore so body boarders don't have to compete for waves with surfers.

There is not much room for other beach activities, but mom and dad, friends or your spouse can catch some rays as they watch from the shore. There is no lifeguard, so it's nice to have someone keeping an eye on you. This beach is also a short walk from Poipu Beach, which is packed on nearly all days of the week. Split your time between the calm waters of Poipu and the waves at Brennecke's without moving the car.

Body Boarding
You can drive by and get a good feel for the waves without leaving your car. If the waves are good, don't waste any time, get your fins, sunblock and board and hit the water. The waves can be epic, however, be careful to watch for fellow wave riders, since it can it crowded. Also steer clear of the rocks to the right of the beach, as the sandy shore is a much more forgiving landing area after a long amazing body board ride.

It's very common to see turtles. In fact sometimes it's a challenge to make sure you don't bump into them, or catch their wave (kidding about their wave). Sea turtles hang out among the body boarders, and sometimes will surprise you when they surface. 

Make sure to grab hold of your gear. If you loose a fin or a wedding ring, there is no chance you'll get them back.

Nearby are a few restaurants which make for a great lunch spot to stop, eat and watch some waves!

Facilities: Head on over to nearby Poipu Beach Park for showers, restrooms and more.

Maha`ulepu Beach

The beach is separated into three different parts: Gillin's Beach, Kawailoa Bay, and Haula Beach. The beach offers protection from the surf in parts and can be great for swimming. Fossils of extinct birds have been found in sand dunes along the shoreline.

Mahaulepu Beach is great spot for exploring. The water is usually calm due to a protective reef and shallow water. The name Mahaulepu means "falling together," as in two warriors falling in battle. 

When King Kamehameha attempted to invade Kauai in 1796, many of his war canoes were sunk during a storm in the channel between Oahu and Kauai. However, a few managed to land here on the beach. The warriors who made it to shore were exhausted. Kauai's defenders caught them sleeping near their canoes just before dawn, and slaughtered all but a few. Those who escaped, fearful of facing Kamehameha's wrath, paddled all the way to the Big Island.

Shipwrecks Beach

This sandy beach also known as Keoneloa Beach has a step shore break which makes it a popular body boarding beach. It's usually sunny and a good family beach. The movie "6 Days and 7 Nights" was filmed in part at this location which is right in front of the Hyatt Regency. Just on the other side of the lithified sand dune called Makawehi Point (a popular fishing site) is Mahaulepu Beach.
Shipwreck's beach was nick named for an old, wooden shipwreck that has long since disappeared. Hiking in this area is excellent along the cliffs and beach. Swimming, however, should be left to only the most skilled due to strong currents and high surf. Surfers, boogie boarders, body surfers and windsurfers greatly enjoy the challenge that this beach presents. 

Shopping

The Shops at Kukui`ula

The Shops at Kukui'ula is Kaua'i's premiere dining and shopping destination. Its local boutiques, art galleries, weekly culinary market and renowned restaurants provide a unique and unparalleled retail experience. Located on the stunning South Shore of Kaua'i and surrounded by affluent visitors and residents.

Blue Ginger

Live the aloha lifestyle. Soft cotton and rayon batik fabrics are designed in Hawaii then crafted into easy-care clothing and accessories for the entire family.  You'll find tropical women's wear with matching outfits for infants and girls, as well as handsome aloha shirts for men and boys.

Phone: 808-742-2633
Hours: 10am-9pm
www.blueginger.com

Quicksilver

Quiksilver designs, produces and distributes clothing, accessories and related products for active, young minded people and develops brands that represent a casual lifestyle that is driven from a board-riding heritage. The shop offers Quiksilver and Roxy sportswear, footwear, and accessories. Unique to this store will be exclusive Quiksilver and Roxy Poipu merchandise.

Phone: 808-742-8088
Hours: 10am - 9pm
dejavusurf.com

Mahina

Mahina offers their own extraordinary line of contemporary women’s clothing unique to island lifestyles. Voted “Maui’s Best” for the last six years in a row, this “affordable beachy chic boutique” offers perfectly edited collections of soft, breezy sundresses, wearable tops, and accessories in a welcoming environment for women who love to shop.

Phone: 808-378-4121
Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm
www.shopmahina.com

Tommy Bahama

Inspired by the relaxed sophistication of coastal living, Tommy Bahama is dedicated to the good life. Stylish, upscale offerings include apparel for men and women, footwear, jewelry, accessories and home décor, all designed with a dose of island flair.

Phone: 808-742-8808
Hours: 10am-9pm
www.tommybahama.com

Malie Organics

The Malie boutique offers their own Hawaiian luxury spa & beauty brand along with a diverse, sophisticated collection of women's resort wear for the Hawaiian way of life. Founded on the island of Kaua'i, Malie Organics is an extraordinary line of all-natural, organic spa and beauty products embodying the magnificence of Hawai'i and its tropical flora. With a rainbow of beautiful products, the boutique fits wonderfully in this shoppers' paradise.

Phone: 808-332-6220
Hours: 10am-9pm
www.malie.com

aFeinberg Gallery

aFeinberg Gallery features the internationally acclaimed photography of Aaron Feinberg. Enter his studio to view breathtaking images of Kauai and beyond with seascapes, abstracts, waterfalls, landscapes and more. Aaron's passion for nature and his understanding of light and composition allow him to capture photographs which reveal the true beauty and drama of nature.

Phone: 808-639-3579
Hours: 10am - 9pm
www.afeinbergphotography.com

Cruise Kauai

At Cruise you’ll discover the perfect ensembles for the pool or the beach to make you look and feel amazing, whether you are enjoying a dream vacation or the island lifestyle. Come check out the latest swimwear collections that include a coveted selection from local designers such as LeTarte, Issa De Mar and San Lorenzo, all designed right here in Hawaii! Cruise also offers the hottest swimwear styles from top designer labels like Gottex, Seafolly, Trina Turk, Robin Piccone, Vix and La Blanca.

For men, Cruise offers all of your favorite lines such as Tori Richard, Tommy Bahama, Kahala, and Quiksilver to name a few. Also, we feature the latest women's fashion in resort clothing from Escapada, David Cline, Gretty Zueger, Jams World, Tribal, and XCVI. 

Check out the great styles in fashionable accessories, handbags, hats, and shoes to compliment any outfit! Looking for the perfect gift or memory of your trip to Kauai, we have that too! Be sure to visit our Jewelry department and treat yourself to something unique to the islands.

Phone: 808-742-8926
Hours: 10am- 9pm
www.mauiclothingcompany.com

Halele’a Gallery

Halelea Gallery features a unique and incredible collection of original fine art, Hawaii fashion design and amazing locally handcrafted jewelry. Each Hawaii artist and designer is carefully chosen to create exclusive and one of a kind pieces that truly reflect the islands. A colorful and friendly environment provides a truly authentic Hawaiian shopping experience.

Phone:808-742-9525
Hours: 10am-9pm
www.haleleagallery.com

Martin & MacArthur

The master craftsmen of Martin MacArthur have been making fine Koa furniture in Hawaii for over 50 years. Today, our store at Kukui’ula features a variety of products handcrafted with Hawaii’s beautiful Koa wood. Enjoy our Koa wood watches, Koa Eternity Rings, Koa sunglasses and fine Koa jewelry. We also have the widest selection of Koa boxes & bowls, Koa outrigger canoes, Hawaiian feather lei and weapons made by the finest craftsmen in Hawaii. Come see our handcrafted Koa-leather handbags and wallets.

Phone: 808-975-9001
Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm
www.martinandmacarthur.com

Crazy Shirts

Home grown in Honolulu, Hawaii on the sidewalks of Waikiki, Crazy Shirts was founded in 1964. Since our humble days of airbrushing “undershirts” for locals and visitors, Crazy Shirts has evolved into an internationally recognized casual apparel brand. From our classic T-shirts, shorts, pants and more, our fans rave about the designs and continually tell us we have the most comfortable and very best apparel they have ever owned. Our hallmarks of quality, style, and light-hearted nature are always front and center. 

For 50 years, Crazy Shirts has been known for offering the highest quality garments custom manufactured to exacting specifications. We have harnessed years of experience and sharpened our expertise in product research and development. We have pioneered such products as “specialty dyed” fabrics (including Kona coffee, Volcanic ash, Blue Hawaii Curacao liqueur and many others) and the very popular “Hydro-print” board shorts and shirts that change design when wet, because product innovation is important when it has a real value. The powerful combination of fit, form and fun has propelled Crazy Shirts to the top of the highly competitive world of retail apparel.

Phone: 808-742-7272
Hours: 10am-10pm
www.crazyshirts.com