The Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the “path that goes by the coast,” runs for eight miles along Kauai’s east side, from just south of Lydgate Park all the way up through the eastside’s “Coconut Coast” past Donkey Beach in the north (and it’s currently being extended all the way north to Anahola Beach Park). The wide and mostly flat path is shared daily by walkers, runners and bike riders, and provides beautiful shoreline views almost the entire length. While the stretch from Kealia Beach to the old Pineapple Dump is our favorite, Brett and I also enjoy the walk along the Kapaa shoreline.
A couple of weeks ago, while the girls went for a run heading north, Brett and I set off in the other direction on the path, a flat 3/4-mile stretch that runs from the Kapaa Community Center south to Keaka Road, where the path turns to go through town for a while before coming back to the shore. The day was quite breezy, and we could see storm clouds out to sea as well as coming over the mountains from the other side, but we felt we had enough time to get to Keaka Road and back before any rain arrived. We packed a few beach towels just in case we got our timing wrong.
And get it wrong we did! A squall came sailing in from the northeast and drenched Brett & me just before we reached our car. The girls were also on their way back to the car and got soaked as well, but we all toweled off and headed for home, admitting that we were actually thankful for the rain because it had cooled us off.
Although it’s a great walk any time of day, sunrises are a speciality on the eastside coastal path. I’m not an early riser, but an early-morning walk along the Kapaa stretch to experience one of Kauai’s spectacular sunrises is high on my bucket list!