Aloha and welcome to Ole Kamaole's (Ole the Barefoot's) Beach House! Located on the sunny west side of Kauai at the foot of Waimea Canyon, we are across the street from an exciting surf break (Davidson's Point) and miles of empty beach. Two miles of black sand extend east to tiny Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor. To the west lies perhaps the longest (13 miles), yet little known white sand beach in the state, reaching past Barking Sands to Polihale Beach Park at the western end of the Na Pali Coast.
We built our property in 1994, but our community of Kekaha was originally housing for the Sugar Plantation. There are no hotels or other 'touristy' developments. This is REAL Hawaii!
A fifteen minute drive brings you to the end of the road, where you can find mysterious Polihale beach. From the cliff at the end of this spectacular, deserted beach the ancient Hawaiians believed souls of the dead departed for the afterlife. Look for the remains of an ancient Hawaiian Heiau (temple). We are three miles from the mouth of the Waimea River (where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii in 1778) guarded by the ruins of an old Russian fort. Travel along the rim of the canyon up the volcano behind us to Kokee State Park (Google it!). There you will find a Natural History museum and forty miles of hiking trails. Some of these lead down into Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain called the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific,' and others lead through some of the last endemic Hawaiian rain forest out along knife-edge ridges, 4000 feet above Kalalau Valley and the Na Pali Coast. The wildlife is unique and the views are incomparable!
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A military kid originally from Florida, after four years in the Air Force Ole graduated from UCLA in 1972 and moved to Hawaii in 1978, settling at first on Maui, where he worked for 10 years on the ambulance as an Emergency Medical Tech. Eileen moved from Texas, where she owned her own business, in 1974. We married in 1988, and moved to Kauai in 1990, where Ole worked on the ambulance for two more years.
We Honeymooned at Kokee State Rain Forest, just up the volcano along the ridge of Waimea Canyon above Kekaha, and saw this little beach house for sale on the coast. The area reminded us of Maui many years ago.
There are so many microclimates on Kauai: high altitude vs sea level, inland vs coastal, and windward vs leeward. We are on the sunny leeward side of Kauai. The 'Trade Winds' are consistently from the NE, blowing moist air up against that side of the island, bringing rainbows and keeping it lush and green. The windward side of Mt Waialeale is 'the wettest spot on Earth, with over 400 inches of rain/ year. We experience about 10 inches/ year here on the leeward side. We are a 15 minute drive from the end of the road, where ghostly Polihale Beach ends at a 2,000 foot cliff. Some say ancient Hawaiians used to pitch violators of any Kapu (forbidden practice)from the top; hence the name, which means 'House of Bones.' In those days it was believed that this was the place where souls of the dead departed for the afterlife. Three miles in the other direction is the mouth of the Waimea River, where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii. The ruins of an old Russian fort, Fort Elizabeth, guard the mouth of the river. Up the volcano behind us, along the edge of Waimea Canyon, is Kokee State Park (Google it!), one of the last endemic Hawaiian rain forests. There Kalalau Lookout will give you a sweeping view of the Kalalau valley and the blue Pacific, 4000 feet below. In Waimea Town, just three miles away, one can have a cool 'shave ice' from Jo Jo's on a hot day, take out local food from Ishihara's deli, or eat at any of several interesting, eclectic restaurants. One (The Grove) sometimes has live Hawaiian music.
ATV and Zipline tours are available nearby. Hanapepe Town, 10 miles away, has numerous art shops. Friday night is 'Art Night,' a street party. Salt Pond Beach Park is just outside of Hanapepe. Next to this shaded, safe swimming area with bathrooms and fresh water showers, salt is still produced from ancient Hawaiian salt ponds. Ultralight flights and helicopter tours take off from the tiny airport nearby.