The land leading up to Maha’ulepu Beach is privately owned. However, since this beach is a sacred site for Hawaiians, people are allowed to visit during the day (the gates lock between 7pm and 7am). Please show respect for this land, as the owners can choose to close it to the public any time, which would be a shame because this is one of the most beautiful beaches on the south shore, maybe the entire island.
Mahaulepu literally means “falling together.” This name refers to the land and sea battle of the 1300s, when King Kalaunuio-Hua tried to become ruler of all the Hawaiian Islands. He failed, which is partially why this area is so sacred to local people as it represents the strength of the Kaua’i people.
There is a dune trail to get to this expansive white sand beach with turquoise water. Though there is a swimming spot with an enclosed lagoon, be careful, the currents get very strong and there are no lifeguards. Not recommended for inexperienced swimmers.