Just south of Kilauea on the island of Kauai a backroad bears east down the hills to a parking area about Kahili (Rock Quarry) Beach. This fine beach is a short hike down to a crescent breach on the northeast corner of the island. On calm days this is a good place to swim and snorkel. On our last visit, the day was windy and large waves were better for surfers so we explored the rock ledges below the seacliffs.
Around the point the waves broke onto rocks sending spray up onto the cliffs. A couple of spots require traversing a wave-break area, unsafe in windy conditions. We explored as far as we could then traced our route back to the beach.
Although the “hike” is not long (2 km return), this is a beautiful route for anyone wanting to brave the rocky, wet route, especially when we can return to beautiful Kahili Beach for lunch.