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Standing Warriors is a well known area on the coast of the south side of Kauai where the rock formations and rocky cliffs form
interesting and humanoid rock formations as well as other interesting caves and rock formations.
Makawehi and Makahuena points: Driving instructions: On the south side of Kauai, follow the roads and directions to the easternmost side of the Grand Hyatt Kauai by the Poipu Bay Golf Course entrance and you will find a public parking area for Shipwrecks Beach at Keoniloa Bay. Park here to begin your hike. Rock Formations of Makawehi: Facing west from the parking lot, the formations at the far end of Keoneloa Bay are known as Makahuena, the southernmost tip of Kauai. Known for great hiking and whale watching, the sidewalks leading this way lead to interesting rock formations near the
coastline. There are also several caches in this area. Standing Warriors cache will be to the eastern side of the parking lot. The lithified sand dunes that form Makawehi to the right of the parking lot(also known as the Paa Ridge) accumulated as sand dunes during the last high stand of the sea, about 125,000 years ago. As sea levels lowered at the peak of the Ice Age (about 18,000 years ago), reaching its lowest point of around 360-400 feet below the present sea level, the dunes occupied a more inland position. From there, volcanic ash deposited onto the dunes and a coastal forest began to flourish. Rain percolated through the sand which partially dissolved some of the skeletal and coral grain sands. Calcite crystals grew around the sand grains and within the pore space between the grains, locking together to produce the cement that changed the carbonate sand into carbonate sandstone, also known as limestone. As the Ice Age ended,huge glaciers that had covered much of the earth melted, resulting in a rise in sea level. Waves eroded much of the dune and formed what is now Keoneloa Bay. Prior to that erosion, the sand dunes would have extended almost continuously between the two points. Today Makawehi point is being undercut by continual wave erosion. The huge blocks of limestone that lie at the base of these cliffs are examples of that erosion. Caution: Stay well back from the edges of cliffs. Not only are the eroding cliffs unstable, but Jumping (or falling) into the water has caused serious injury and loss of life. Hiking Instructions: From the parking lot, head east or right to
a trail headed by a blue sheerwater protection sign. Walk along a dirt path (lightly overgrown) fronting the beach. You will see several paths to the right and left, but stay on the easterly straight direction to avoid scrambling up the hills. You will come to a natural limestone rock staircase which will splinter into three or four trail heads at the top of the cliff. You may enjoy exploring the cliff edges and camera views in all directions. Continue along the dirt trails, the sand dune trails or walk along the rocky cliffside (whichever your comfort level dictates) because all easterly trails eventually lead to Standing Warriors Bay. Depending on which way you travel,you should enter into a wide clearing on the ocean which narrows from sand to a grassy trail by the Standing Warriors Bay in about 10-15 minutes. Looking behind, you will notice a cave house made of sand. Proceed with all due caution at your own risk. My cache is not hidden near or by any cliff, or standing warrior rock. You do not have to be near the ocean to find it. It is in a perfectly safe placement, away from any cliff edge. This cache is not recommended for small children under five who do not like hiking in hot sand dunes or people with kneee or hip injuries who would find elevation changes-difficult climbing. The hike is approximately 1/2-1 mile long (roundtrip) depending on the route you take and requires about 15-20 minutes of walking each way. The cache is an official geocaching.com small cache clamp plastic box with log, pencil and treasures. I've included some pics on the site of the scenic hike.
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- Cache SizeThis is a photo of the cache size - not the location of the cache
- Pa'a Ridge MakawehiArea Region
- Parking Lot Begin HIkeThis is a view of the parking lot open to the public at Shipwrecks Beach
- Rock StairwayLmestone rock stairway
- Shipwreck's BeachView of Kaneloa Bay from the trail.
- Shipwreck's BeachView from the trail
- Shipwreck's BeachBeach view from trail
- Standing WarriorsHere is a photo of the trail head.
- Standing WarriorsTaken at sunset with a full moon in the background.
- Trail HeadSheerwater sign
- Turn right at sign Poipu Bay Golf CourseThis is the sign on Poipu Road where you turn right to get to the Keoniloa (Shipwreck's beach) parking lot.
- Views from cliffsStanding in the shawdow of Hau`pu Mountain
- Views of Keoniloa BayFrom Pa'a Ridge
Last Updated: on 7/31/2017 1:14:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time (8:14 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum