Kauai is ringed by many gems, like jewels on a beautiful necklace. One of those gems is Rock Quarry Beach (Kahili Beach) on the island’s north shore near the town of Kilauea. The beach isn’t as well known as other nearby beaches, but that’s probably because the lucky people that frequent this “locals” beach want to keep it all to themselves. And we don’t blame them.
This beautiful crescent shaped beach has plenty of waves, plenty of sand, plenty of sun, and plenty of shade. On one end of the beach are the remains of the rock quarry. On the other end, beyond a rocky outcropping, is a secluded portion of beach that is the stuff of tropical dreams. In the middle, there’s a wide expanse of sand backed by a nice shaded area. And behind the shade there is a lagoon and a beautiful valley with a few of the island’s best estates.
Families, fishermen, surfers and wanderers can all be seen at this beautiful beach during the day. In the morning hours or late afternoons you might find just a few souls taking in the serenity.
There are two dirt roads to Rock Quarry Beach. Near the town of Kilauea is Kahili Quarry Road. This road takes you to the rock quarry side of the beach. (To get to the beach from this side requires crossing the mouth of Kilauea Stream.) The preferred road to the beach is on the other side, off Wailapa Road. Past the Fehring Family Farm there is a turnoff that leads down to the beach. This is the side most everyone uses and there is a parking area at the end of the road above the beach.
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Rock Quarry Beach Photos
To the left of the beach is a rocky coastline that takes you towards the Kilauea Lighthouse and the Pools of Mokolea. This area is known as Mokolea Point and there are several rather impressive tide pools (and a small blow hole) along the way. The area should be avoided during rough seas, but during calm seas and low tide there is a variety of sea life to be seen in the rocks and tide pools. Photographers enjoy the area for the dramatic photos that can be captured at sunrise.