Beach is a beach in the Hawaiian islands located on
Kauai's Nā Pali Coast. The beach is approximately 2 miles
(3.2 km) from the start of the Kalalau Trail, a very popular
hiking trail which is located at Keʻe Beach. It is also about 2 miles
from Hanakapiai Falls. During summer months, Hanakāpīʻai Beach's
sandy shore line is clearly visible; during winter months, dangerously
powerful waves and high tides wash away the sandy shore line. The
beach is remotely located with no road access. The word Hanakāpīʻai
literally means "bay sprinkling food" in Hawaiian.
Beach is a popular tourist attraction; however, like
many beaches on the Nā Pali Coast, strong rip currents, as well as
high surf, dangerous shore breaks and other hazardous ocean conditions
Beach extremely dangerous. The Nā Pali Coast is
especially treacherous because there are no major reefs to hinder
potent ocean currents.
Kauai's geography makes Hanakāpīʻai conditions even more hazardous;
in the event that one gets caught in a rip current (or otherwise swept
out to sea) the nearest safe shore area is approximately six miles
away. The currents in the region are so powerful that the bodies of at
least 15 drowning victims have yet to be recovered. According to
the local newspaper, from 1970 to 2010 about 30 people are known to
have drowned here. Tourists often refer to a warning sign with 83
tally marks (as of August 2014) counting drowning victims. It has no
official sponsor and this count is highly speculative.
List of beaches in Hawaii
^ "Dangers Lurk Beneath Surface of those Picture-Postcard Coves".
Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
^ Garden Island News. "Family rescued off Hanakapi'ai". Retrieved
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hanakapiai
Extensive journal with photos
Overview of beach with map
Coordinates: 22°12′33″N 159°35′53″W / 22.2092°N