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Kauai Sights

Donkey Beach

  • Rte. 56 Map It
  • Kealia
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 01/24/2014

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This beach has one of the most unusual names of all on Kauai and is rarely known by its proper Hawaiian name, Paliku. Lihue Plantation Company once kept a herd of mules and donkeys in the pasture adjacent to the beach, hence the nickname. If the waves are right, body boarders and surfers might be spotted offshore. However, the waters here are rough and not recommended for swimming and snorkeling. Instead, we suggest a morning walk along the easy trail that overlooks the beach, starting at the northern end of Kealia Beach. Amenities: none. Best For: surfing; solitude; sunrise.

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Rte. 56, north of Kealia Kai subdivision, Kealia, Hawaii, 96703, United States

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Updated 01/24/2014


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