Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Poipu Beach is a run of low-slung condos and resorts, with the Sheraton at one end and the fabulous Grand Hyatt at the other. Poipu's yellow-sand beaches have year-around swimming, surfing, and snorkeling. Shipwreck Beach (pictured) in front of the Hyatt, also has great surfing, and is the starting point for a several-mile coastal hike on the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. Whale-watching, bird viewing, and ancient sites keep hikers' eyes full. You can also drive a (very) bumpy road from the Hyatt to Mahaulepu. Monk seals, Hawaii's endangered mammals, are known to share the sand with tourists. From road's end, a trail continues along the tawny bluffs to rugged Haula Beach (also pictured). Kauai Trailblazer covers the sunny south coast in detail from pages 115 to 126.