Larsen’s Beach (Ka’aka’aniu Beach)

Explore Larsen’s Beach, Kauai’s hidden gem with pristine sands, lava rock formations, and snorkeling. A serene escape in Kilauea, Hawaii.

Larsen's Beach (Ka'aka'aniu Beach) is a Beach located in the city of Kilauea on Kauai, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Larsen’s Beach (Ka’aka’aniu Beach)


  • Overview: Larsen’s Beach (Ka’aka’aniu Beach) is a secluded gem nestled in Kilauea on Kauai’s northeastern shore. Known for its natural beauty and off-the-beaten-path location, this beach is a must-see for those seeking tranquility and a less crowded experience in Hawaii.
  • Highlights: The main highlight of Larsen’s Beach is its remote and pristine setting, with a long stretch of sand divided by a striking lava rock outcropping called Pakala Point. The beach’s untouched beauty and limited accessibility make it a unique destination in Kauai.
  • Activities: While swimming is not advisable due to strong currents and rocky ocean bottom (extremely unsafe), visitors can enjoy snorkeling in [only] calm conditions (highly experienced snorkelers only) and exploring the picturesque shoreline. Local families also come to harvest limu (edible seaweed) on the reef.
  • Information: There is no specific opening hours or entrance fees for Larsen’s Beach. However, the best time to visit is during the summer months when the ocean is calmer. Be prepared for a short hike on a trail that may cut through private property, so always respect the land and its owners.
  • History & Significance: Larsen’s Beach, also known as Ka’aka’aniu Beach, was named after L. David Larsen, a former manager at Kilauea Plantation. The beach has a history of access issues, as the trail leading to it cuts through private property owned by Waioli Corp. and leased by Paradise Ranch.
  • Tips & Insights: To enhance your experience at Larsen’s Beach, consider visiting during weekdays to avoid potential crowds. Bring your own water, snacks, and sun protection, as there are no facilities on-site. Lastly, be aware of the strong currents and unpredictable conditions, and always prioritize safety during your visit.

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