Can you walk from Poipu Kai to the trail?
Tom Travel is right on....
We stayed at poipu kai at three of the sections over a 12 yr period , Kahala, Manualoha, and Poipu Sands. We walked almost every morning past shipwrecks beach and the hyatt , and up the lava step trail and along the coast to Maha'ulepu.....now a residents we drive to the beach access area for shipwrecks ( hyatt beach ) and head off on our treks.
There are several ways from Poipu Kai to walk over to the hyattt, and you can mix and match.
One is on the road that passes near breneckes beach and up the hill to MAKUEANA RESORT. Immediately past Makuena, there is a small dirt trial that takes you out toward the ocean and along the cliffs in back of the THE POINT RESORT to the HYATT AND SHIPWRECK...and to the cliffs and dunes trail toward Maha'ulepu.
Actually , as visitors we would leave first thing in the morning walk as long a distance as that felt good, and then come back to Poipu Kai, make up an easy and well earned breakfast and eat breakfast out on our garden view lanai and then be off to the days adventures.
Some days we would walk to maha'ulepu, to kauai loa bay and beyond. other days we might shorten the treck up a bit .
Also, there is a path that runs between those very nice homes, kind of a green belt that leads from the regency at poipu kai......across pe'e ( pay-ay) road and to shipwrecks and the hyatt.
Great walk, and be sure to take the bridge over the stream as you approach maha'ulepu....very contaminated .....the bridge is the best bet. Just a few yards inland from where the stream flows into the ocean.
From Poipu Kai, I would take the greenbelt walkway (north than east from Manualoha or east from Kahala, Regency, The Villas and houses) all the way to the Hyatt (this avoids ALL roads). Take that all the way to the entrance of the Hyatt closest to the beach. Walk along the pathway on the Hyatt grounds until it starts to swing north around the salt water lagoon. Then step out onto Shipwreck's Beach. The trail starts at the far east end of the beach in the trees.
If you are staying at Makanui, you'll need to catch the pathway by heading north on Pe'e Road for a few yards. Poipu Sands is closest and their pathway east connects with the Hyatt's pathway to the beach.Edited: 27 March 2015, 08:23
We drove to the above beach and would not recommend the drive unless you have a jeep. The dirt road is full of very deep potholes that almost damaged our rented full size cars. Hike instead.
We drove the road out to Maha'ulepu in May 2015 and the road is in horrible shape! Normally, it's a very easy drive but it has not been maintained and with the rains, the pot holes are the size of small cars. On our 2nd trip out there, we ended up driving out to CJM Stables, parked to the far left of their arena (not on their property but there is a place to park), hiked down to the Makauwahi Cave and then down the path to Gillin's Beach. Sorry, old thread but I thought I would comment since we were just on the island.Edited: 11 August 2015, 05:54
I hiked there in April this year, and drove the dirt road, photos:
If staying at Poipu Kai it's absolutely best to walk the greenbelt wide and paved path to the Hyatt to catch the trail.
I don't recommend the optional method that Denny listed in his post. This was walking along the roadside on the road that goes up the hill right past Brennecke's Beach. Not only would be it be taking you a little out of your way, it's not a pleasant walk. It's a hilly road with a very narrow gravel/dirt shoulder in most places. The greenbelt walk is safer and quicker.
From what I understand your car rental insurance is void if you drive that road, or the one to polihale. Be prepared to pay for any damage or accidents.
That 2nd picture is definitely a good view of the huge potholes in the road!
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