Lumahai Beach along the Hawaiian island of Kauai’s north shore is regarded by many travel websites as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beach is about 3/4’s of a mile long, a few hundred feet wide, and backed straight up against lush vegetated cliff sides. There is no protective reef in the water which creates frequent high surf and thus extremely dangerous water conditions. When bitter cold New Yorkers or Bostonians catch themselves daydreaming about a picture perfect tropical shoreline, Lumahai is surely the beach they envision. Angel and I stumbled across it during our 8 hour beach hopping adventure throughout Kauai last week. Among the photos we snapped, I also made a short video clip of the powerful surf. This clip really doesn’t do it much justice, but it’s still pretty neat. Enjoy.
In 1984 I was 18 years old. I camped on Lumahai Beach for 6 months with my beautiful girlfriend Helen Stark and a couple of other friends. It was truly magical…snorkeling, surfing and looking for the ever elusive “Sunrise Shells” that washed up if you were lucky. Perhaps even a glass float. All my other friends were in college at the time preparing for ‘the future’. Now I’m just a jaded middle aged guy with an average life, but I wouldn’t trade those wonderful 6 months for anything. Oh to be 18 again! Get it while you can!