Magazine article Sunset

Sand and Swimmers Are Back at Poipu Beach

Magazine article Sunset

Sand and Swimmers Are Back at Poipu Beach

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Sand and swimmers are back at Poipu Beach

On November 23, 1982, Hurricane Iwa howled through Hawaii, leaving the island of Kauai with damages that exceeded $200 million. Hardest hit was the Poipu Beach resort area, on the island's south shore. Sunset editors visiting just afterward found extensive damage to roads and shorefront properties; only half the area's hotel rooms were still open.

Five years later, Poipu is back to normal. While most hotels were reconstructed and reopened within a year of the storm, it took longer to complete work on roads and park facilities. Landscaping was slow to recover: the famous "tunnel' of mahogany trees on Maluhia Road near State Highway 50 was stripped down to trunks by the winds. But the trees survived, and the leafy canopy has almost grown back.

Some of the best news is that the sand is finally back at Brennecke's Beach. Famous for its near-perfect bodysurfing and bellyboarding waves, Brennecke's was scoured of sand by the storm's waves. Bit by bit, sand has washed back in, and this past summer the beach was back to normal, with a good curl in the surf.

If Brennecke's surf is too big for younger swimmers, take them to the recently rebuilt Poipu Beach Park, just to the west. …

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