Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hideaways in plain sight

Near the entrance of the super-posh Princeville Hotel (closed for renovation until July 2009) is a short, rugged trail with rickety stairs and rope that leads down to Hideaways Beach. The trail is just enough hassle to keep most tourists away. Surfers and snorkelers alike can enjoy this dreamy crescent of sand encased by cliffs, with ironwood trees and palms at the backshore.

At the end of the beach is another short, but hands-on, trail over a black-rock point through pandanus trees to Kenomene Beach, another hidden beauty. At both beaches you may be joined by green sea turtles or a Hawaiian monk seal (endangered species) who arrive via a different route. For directions, see page 42 of Kauai Trailblazer.