Rock Quarry, Kaua'i

By Marina Miller

Rock Quarry, Kaua'i

  • No lifeguards
  • Surf spot
  • Sandy beach
  • Fishing
  • No bathrooms or showers
  • Off road parking

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Rock Quarry beach, Rock Quarries, or Kahili Beach lies in the gateway to Kilauea, a predominantly melanin-lacking community. Most of the locals in this area have only moved to Kaua’i in the last 30 years, but have made Kahili Beach their own.

The main entrance to the half mile stretch of powdery white sand can be accessed from the main highway (#56 aka Kuhio Hwy) that runs north and south. Coming from either direction, you turn onto a side street marked by a large white "Na Aina Kai" sign on Wailapa Road. This is a residential area and even has it's own fruit and smoothie stand at the Fehring Family Farm. The best way to learn about the area you are visiting is to stop and spend some time with some locals. Support their way of living and they will gladly give you some insider information while grabbing a refreshing smoothie. After the fruit stand is a bumpy dirt and gravel road that leads to the beach. Take your time and yield to on comers. 

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"Malama Ka Aina" means protect the land. While visiting this and ANY beach, always pack your trash and be aware of your impact on your surroundings. Take only photos and leave only footsteps. 

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During the winter months, the shore break can be very powerful. Never turn your back to the ocean. The far left part of the beach, near the river mouth, is the best spot for a dip during more extreme conditions. 

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Once you reach the bottom of the road, the parking lot is pretty much a free for all. Just use common sense and make sure everyone else has room to get by.  

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The path to the beach is quite magical and peaceful. You will want to keep your footwear on for this short walk to the sand.

To the left you will see the river that can be explored by stand up paddle board or kayak. We rent SUPs at the Kapa'a shop and will get your boards on your car with complimentary roof racks and man power. 

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To the right you will see the beach! You can start making your way to the sand on any path, but I perfer to take the path all the way to the end. If you are planning on surfing, take the first path and start checking out the surf conditions. By observing other surfers, you will get a feel of where exactly you will want to paddle out. 

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There are lots of shaded areas to set up camp for the day. We found a rope swing and lots of trees to climb. This makes for a great adventurous location for the whole family. 

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The end of the path is where the river meets the ocean, the best spot for swimming, learning how to surf, and fishing. 

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There is a super fun rope swing at the very end of the beach path. Be careful!

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During the summer months, the consistent small waves make Rock Quarry beach a great surf spot for beginners. We rent long boards that are perfect for getting familiar with wave riding.

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During the winter months, this spot turns on with long lefts and rights. Be ready for lots of paddling! 

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There is another road to access the beach, but it is mostly used by local fishermen.

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To the far right of the beach, there are rocks to explore and a second hidden beach. For more privacy, this is the spot for you. The water here is rougher then the river mouth. 

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In the late afternoons, this beach becomes an unofficial community dog park. It’s pretty much a free for all for the animals. If you have a child or family member with Cynophobia (fear of dogs) steer clear of this beach, as the dog owners do not head to the leash rule here.  kauai, beach, surf spot, hawaii, vacation, board rentals, kahili, kilauea, north shore, rock quarry, rock quarries, river, bay, fishing, surfing, dogs, rope swing

Lastly, we did find this make shift latrine. I do not suggest you use it. 

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