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Lumahai Beach

  • On winding section of Rte. 560 Map It
  • Hanalei
  • Beach–Sight

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

Famous as the beach where Nurse Nellie washed that man right out of her hair in South Pacific, Lumahai's setting is picturesque, with a river and ironwood grove on the western end, and stands of hala (pandanus) trees and black lava rock on the eastern side. In between is a long stretch of thick olivine-flecked sand that can be wide or narrow, depending on surf. It can be accessed in two places from the highway; one involves a steep hike from the road. The ocean can be very dangerous here, with a snapping shore break year-round and monster swells in the winter. The current can be strong near the river. Parking is very limited along the road, or in a rough dirt lot near the river. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude; sunset; walking.

Sight Information


On winding section of Rte. 560, near mile marker 5, Hanalei, Hawaii, 96714, USA

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Published 01/20/2010


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