Polihale State Park:
When you go out to the end of the road, make sure you take along plenty of water and sunscreen.Now we are headed around toward the Napali Coast and Ploihale Beach State Park. You may need four wheel drive here - but chance it anyway unless it gets too bad. You remember walking that trail on the North Shore? Well, Here is the other end of that magnificent coastline. Polihale Beach is the end of the road on the West Side. Drive all the way past the Pacific Missle Range Facility (The Navy Base) and turn left onto the dirt road at the sign to Polihale Beach State Park. Drive about four miles on this bumpy, and sometime impassable without four wheel drive, road to the end.
Here you'll find pavillions and comfort stations, and much needed shade. There is no running water out there so be prepared. The Polihale area is another sacred place to Hawaiians. The name "Polihale" can be translated thus: The root Po refers to the original night/darkness from which creation is manifested. Po in this case is the "source"; poli, is literally "bosom" or "breast", revealing the word's root in the concept of "source of life". "Polihale" should not be literally translated as "bosom house", but "house bosom". From the cliffs at the end of the road, the spirits of our ancestors cast themselves off on the journey to Po, the world of afterlife. There are heiau (temples) and walls here. Please be respectful of the area and do not remove any rocks or tamper with the walls. It is not always safe to go into the water here, even on very calm days. Be aware that currents and waves are unpredictable and Lifeguards ARE NOT posted at this beach.
The best, safest swimming is at Queens Pond, near the southern end of the beach - as you are driving in, you'll get to a huge Monkeypod tree. Turn left here to get in the water. Park at the end there and walk to the water. Do not attempt to drive on or near the sand. you WILL get stuck, and a towtruck wil cost you $300... plus, cell phones don't work out here. The sands of Polihale and Nohiili (the dunes back toward the base) are famous islandwide. Polihale is the end of the longest stretch of continuous sand on th eisland - over 11 miles. In the middle of the day, the sand is so hot that you can't walk on it, so go early.