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Description - Polihale State Park encompasses nearly 140 acres of coastal lands in western Kaua'i, at the western end of the Na Pali coast. The park consists of a large sand beach, Polihale cliff and a traditional heiau. This is a typically hot and arid, almost desert-like setting.

Attractions - Natural and cultural sites within the park make this a great place for watching sunsets and viewing scenery. A wide sand beach backed by tall dunes comprises the camping area of the park. Further north Polihale Cliff with a traditional heiau forms the boundary of the park. Facilities at the park include campsites, picnic tables and pavilion and restrooms.

The camping area at Polihale can accommodate up to 60 people. A camping permit must be obtained through the Kaua'i District of Hawai'i State Parks: 3060 Eiwa St., #306, Lihu'e, HI 96766. Phone: (808) 274-3444. The permit serves as your campsite reservation.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities at this site include exploring, camping, picnicking, sunbathing, shore fishing, viewing scenery and photography. Swimming at this site is not recommended as strong currents make the water treacherous.

Climate - The climate on Kauai varies more with the terrain than the seasons. Generally, the coastal temperature changes little throughout the year with an annual average of 74 degrees F. The higher elevations of the interior of the island includes the wettest place on earth, Mt. Waialeale. This region averages higher than 4,000 feet and receives nearly 500 inches of rain. If your planning to camp in the higher elevations of Kauai, I recommend layers and rain gear. Temperatures drop four degrees F with every 1,000 feet gained in elevation.

Location - Polihale State Park lies on the northwestern coast of Kaua'i at the western edge of the Na Pali. It is accessible from the end of Kaumuali'i Highway by following a dirt road for five miles north.

Fee Information
Type Price
Campsite $5 Permit fee. Up to 10 people a

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Filed By: Tommy (Mayfield, Ky.)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I were there in March 2006 after several days of rain and the dirt road to the beach was a challenge to put it mildly. Road was full of LARGE pot holes full of water. Thought about turning around several times. Glad we didn't. The area was beautifull and worth the drive. Don't miss it!

Filed By: Cheryl (Haines City, Florida)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Polihale was the most incredible beach I have ever seen. The waves were awesome and the sound was like nothing I have ever heard! Great place to take your sweetie for a secluded picnic on the beach! Loved It!!!!

Filed By: Angela
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: To get here the road is not well marked and if you think you took a wrong turn on a dirt road with DEEP ruts and are going to end up in the middle of a cane field, you're going in the right direction! Once you get to the part of the road where the sand dunes rise up on your left park, hike up the dunes and viola - there's the most beautiful, secluded piece of paradise you've ever seen! Ocean on one side - steep cliffs on the other and golden beach as far as the eye can see. If you walk west you can walk to the end of the Na Pali Coast. Well worth the harsh drive (be careful of bottom outs if you're in a rental car!)

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Beach Activities Swimming can be hazardous.
ICON Camping The park offers a camping area.
ICON Picnicking Picnic tables and pavilion provided.

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Contact Information:
Kauai District, Hawai'i State Parks, 3060 Elwa Street #306 , Lihue, HI, 96766-1875, Phone: 808-274-3444

Additional Information:
Hawaii Beaches -
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.
Kaua'i - Kauai is the oldest and northernmost of the major islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is composed of a central volcanic peak, Mt. Waialeale, which has been documented as the wettest place on Earth.
Kaua'i State Parks - Kaua'i's nine state parks encompass sites of natural and cultural significance. From the rugged Na Pali coast to a Russian-engineered fort, these parks protect diverse resources.


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