Kepuhi Beach (see more photos, view panorama), located on Molokai's west shore, is a long and wide sandy beach. On the southern end of the beach is Kaiaka Rock, which was once the location of a heiau (Hawaiian temple).
Even though the beach looks inviting, swimming is only possible here on very calm days because of strong alongshore currents that can be treacherous. In the winter months or when the surf is up, the entire length of the beach gets pounded by high waves with dangerous shorebreaks. This is when powerful rip currents occur.
Sometimes the waves are good enough for bodyboarding or surfing, but only for experts. During extended periods of heavy surf, the waves often times erode the beach and flush the sand out to sea, exposing large beach rocks.
Kepuhi Beach has two sections, which are devided by a few large lava rocks along the shoreline. The northern part is smaller and doesn't have exposed rocks on the shoreline. The longer southern part has exposed beach rocks.
Kepuhi Beach Overview
Long and wide sandy beach on Molokai's west shore
Strong currents on most days of the year
Scenic views to Kaiaka Rock
Kepuhi Beach Resort (Kaluakoi Villas) is located here
Located on Molokai's west shore. You can access the beach either from the Kepuhi Beach Resort parking lot or from the parking area at the end of Kaiaka Road, MaunaloaHI96770
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Reviews and Comments:
We stayed at the Kaluakoi Villas for a week so we had
frequent walks at Kepuhi Beach. The beach is long and
there is a trail that leads along the beach. Some parts
of the trail are overgrown with bushes and grass (where
the golf course used to be). There are a few coconut
trees as well, so watch out for falling coconuts
because the trees are not maintained in all areas of
the beach. The beach itself is very scenic. The colors
of the water were amazing - in the morning it was a
deep blue and in the afternoon it was a turquoise blue.
We loved watching the sunset here too. On a clear day
(most of the days were clear while we stayed here) you
could see all the way to Oahu.