It was a beautiful sunny day in Poipu today. We were lucky enough to see two Hawaiian Monk seals sunbathing on the beach. One was on the main beach and the other out on the sand bar. The water was calm in the “kiddie pool” (which is located to the left of the lifeguard stand if you are facing the water) dispite posted signs on the other side of the beach warning rip currents and strong tides. There were many people out snorkeling. The lifeguards were announcing that snorkeling is actually one of the most dangerous activities. They expressed making sure that you have the proper gear and know how to use your gear. As a general rule, “When in doubt, don’t go out” and know you and your children’s personal limits. Always follow posted signs; Lifeguards were recommending snorkeling in front of and to the left of the lifeguard stand. My keiki like to use a full face snorkel mask like the one shown here that allows for natural breathing.
It was very hot today. Make sure your keiki are protected from the sun by applying and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day. Rash guards and sunhats also lend protection while in the water. Also, schedule a break for your keiki to hydrate and have a snack.
This lifeguarded beach has many amenities like restrooms, picnic areas, and showers. Brenneck’s is located directly across from the beach. There is a restaurant on the upper level and the lower level has a deli. You can purchase sandwiches, drink, beach accessories like floats and sand buckets, icecream and shave ice. If you need shade this beach has a patch of ironwood trees behind the “kiddie pool” and plumeria trees along the rock wall near the street. There are also some other trees that provide shade. Nukumoi Surf Co. is located across the street from this beach. They have clothing and rent beach equipment and gear like snorkel sets, boogie boards, beach chairs, surfboards, fins, and lifejackets.
My sons enjoyed catching crabs along the rocks for must of the time. We took a walk down to check out the Hawaiian Monk seal and then headed to Brennecks for some Shave Ice.
Remember to follow the beach safety guidelines, check surf and weather reports for current conditions, and observe posted signage. Keep a constant watch on keiki who are playing in or around the water. Never leave children unattended. Small children should wear safety floatation devices unless they are avid swimmers and are being closely supervised.