Lumahai Beach was made famous by the 1958 movie South Pacific where Mitzi Gaynor sang the song "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" and because of its beauty, it is one of the most photographed beaches on Kauai.
Located on the north shore of Kauai, about half way between Hanalei and Haena, the road descends through Lumahai Valley and crosses Lumahai Bridge. Lumahai Beach stretches for about a mile east of the mouth of Lumahai River. Nestled against a hillside of emerald green foliage and framed between several natural jet black lava rock formations, Lumahai's golden sand is pounded and washed by the blue Pacific Ocean and white crashing waves. Often photographed from high up along the hill, many feel Lumahai is one of the most scenic beaches in the world. But beware; it is also one of the most dangerous beaches on the island.
Swimming is not advisable at Lumahai, especially in winter months because of strong rip currents and undertow. Even walking on the lava rocks can be dangerous because of unpredictable large rogue waves that have knocked people into the surf. There are no facilities or lifeguards.
If you stay out of the water, Lumahai is perfect for a long beach strolls and secluded beauty. If you bring your own chairs, picnic basket, and drinks it is a great place to sit and watch the waves and take a few pictures.
In legend, Lumahai Valley is where the Menehune first settled when they came to Kauai. (Some believe that the Menehune were real and were an ancient culture that occupied Kauai before the Hawaiians.)
For decades the only way to access Lumahai Beach was by trespassing across private property. In 2001 the Trust for Public Land purchased 40 undeveloped acres adjacent to Lumahai Beach from long-time landowners the Wilcox Family for protection as a scenic beach.
Pictures and Comments By Doug Porter