A relatively narrow and small, sandy beach, Lawai Beach Park can sometimes disappear altogether when big waves pound the shore but when the water is calm this is a lovely beach and also one of the south shore’s best snorkeling spots. Lawai Beach is sometimes called Beach House because it is located right next to the Beach House Restaurant at the west end of Poipu Road. An offshore reef provides some protection so the water is typically very clear and calm. The beach slopes gently into deeper water, and the rocky seafloor provides good snorkeling explorations. Located nearby is the Spouting Horn blowhole.
Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, bodyboarding, sunbathing.
Snorkeling in this area can be exceptional. Commonly seen fish include the parrotfish, tangs, raccoon fish, and butterflyfish as well as Hawaiian green sea turtles. Offshore the waves break against the reef creating three popular surfing spots for experienced surfers. These surf breaks are called Centers, PK’s, and Acid Drop.
Need to Know
Lawai Beach is subject to strong ocean currents so stay close to shore when swimming and never go in the water during times of high surf or rough seas.
To reach Lawai Beach follow Kaumualii Hwy. (Hwy. 50) south from Lihue and then turn right on Maluhia Road which is located just before Mile Marker 7. At the end of Maluhia Road turn left on Koloa Road then go right on Poipu Road and finally bear right on Lawai Road. You will see Lawai Beach on the left across from Prince Kuhio Park.