Polihale, an uncommonly beautiful beach, casts an almost sacred spell on all who visit. Isolated and other-worldly, Polihale beach hugs the shore below steep mounds of blazing, white sand called Nohilili Dunes. At the end of an old sugarcane road, Polihale is the site of ancient Hawaiian temple ruins, originally constructed at a point over the ocean where Hawaiians believed the souls of the dead departed for Po, the underworld.
Polihale State Park is a remote wild beach on the western side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is the most western publicly accessible area in Hawaii. in Hawaiian, Polihale literally translates as “House Bosom.” The root Po refers to the original night and darkness from which creation is manifested (the Hawaiian “day” began at nightfall), in this case, symbolizing “the source.” Poli in Hawaiian means "bosom" or “breast,” often believed to represent birth or life.
My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came" John F. Kennedy
"In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans". Kahlil Gibran
The beauty of ocean waves and the infinite shapes and textures that it offers...when we take the time to watch and observe its creations. Debra Banks
January 30th, 2023
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