The Beach Dump

The Beach Dump was an old landfill by the sea probably from the 1950s–I’m not sure why that sounded good even at the time. It only has a bit of beach glass, but it does have some other little treasures reshaped by the sea. It also has lots of metal (car chassis and engine blocks) that rust and become encrusted in the beach rock.

Up until 2010, the dump was just eroding into the ocean, but then the county had to clean it up. They scooped it all out with excavators and reburied the waste 50 yards inland. That way there will be plenty of beach glass in 100 years when rising sea levels reach it again.

BeachDump1 The beach itself is rather ugly, though most of the trash you see here has washed up from the sea.
If you’re not into beachcombing, there are some cool rock formations further south along the coastline. BeachDump2
BeachDump3 There are some patches of “glass sand” here, just nowhere near as much as at the Glass Beach near Port Allen.
Here are some “treasures” we took home, I’m sure there are plenty more. BeachDump4

This shoreline is dangerous. The makeshift trail is steep and leads down the slope of the old landfill, where trash is exposed, especially broken glass (still sharp). Then you have to climb over rusted metal all over the place. The ocean is rougher here, so avoid high tide and high surf days.

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  1. FISHERMAN says:

    [Editor’s note: these comments refer to content–a riddle for finding this “beach”–that I later removed. See my explanation in the last comment.]

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR DESTROYING OUR LITTLE FISHING SPOT! THIS PLACE IS BEING ERODED BY TURIST THAT DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE AINA (LAND) PISSING AND SHITTING EVERYWHERE. THIS PLACE IT USED TO BE QUIET, WHERE WE CAN HAVE A GOOD TIME FISHING. NOW WE HAVE TONS WEIRDOS DIGGING THE LAND, AND LEAVING THEIR TRASH EVERYWHERE. NOW THE TRAIL MAY BE CLOSED. YOU SHOULD RESPECT OUR PLACE.
    REMOVE THIS BLOG AND REALLY FOCUS ON OTHER ISLAND ACTIVITIES.

  2. Linda V says:

    We will be there in Jan.2011…I am interested in finding it….I am a photographer, we spent time at Salt Pond & Glass beach a few years ago.
    After reading the angry post above I was wondering if you felt any anger from the locals when you were there? We have spent many trips on all islands
    and love the out of the way places. We haven’t figured your clue out…but will let you know if we find it! Cheers, Linda from Canada

  3. Andy says:

    Hi Linda, good question about the angry post–I should’ve responded to that when it was written. No, I have never run into anyone there, it is rather unused. I have seen beer cans and empty bait packaging there, so the part about it being used by fishermen is true. But given that the fisherman leave more trash around than tourists, it is rather misguided. Plus, even more so than the original Glass Beach, this place is a dump and nowhere near pristine, so I’m not sure human impact could be any worse. Finally, I have never seen any indication of trail overuse or heard of potential closure in this area, so I think the commenter was confusing this with somewhere else.

    Plus, I didn’t give away the location for this very purpose. In fact, you’re the first person to express interest in this post, so I doubt many have read it, looked for it, let alone found it. If you do go, you can see the beach from the parking area, so if there is another car or you see a fisherman, you may want to come back later.

  4. Carol says:

    I think your blog is wonderful! Keep it up! You are just promoting the beach, NOT destroying it!

  5. karen says:

    i’m going and would to find this place. can you provide a little easier way to find this place. Privately
    thanks

  6. Wbills says:

    I don’t like riddles. I’m not that smart. Is it down
    Past beach house restaurant? Please divulge. Wb

  7. Andy says:

    To Karen and Wbills: sorry, no. I’ve seen more and more people here, and now access is restricted (though for separate reasons). Frankly, I’m considering removing all info from this blog and just leaving the pretty pictures…

  8. Chris says:

    Hi,
    I’ve been there before & tried to go today. Looks like there is no access anymore, with all the work going on there. Is there a way?
    Would appreciate your thoughts.

  9. Andy says:

    Hi Chris. Up until recently, you could get around the construction. I was there a few weeks ago and the many people who do know about this place had created a new trail. But with the rocks being moved, conditions on the beach were iffy. My wife tried to go a week ago and said it was even more dangerous and the good stuff was gone. There are alternate ways here, but the work has pushed rocks and debris over the areas with the glass, so it’s not really any use risking it to go here. Maybe when the work is done, the ocean will clear off some rocks and reveal the glass again.

  10. Chris says:

    Thank you, friend. I will try to be patient for safety’s sake. Although I guess I should be happy a junkyard is getting cleaned up! One man’s trash…you know how it goes!
    Perhaps on another day I will see you there. Mahalo nui loa.

  11. karen says:

    since you won’t tell any info on where this place is, then why do you even put it on the internet (since it sounds like you can’t go there anymore) then why don’t you take this post off the internet totally. its like your trying to be like a know it all, i know something you don’t and i’m not going to tell anyone.

  12. Dedi says:

    I have visited kUai several times and the glass beach is awesome and would love to see the beach with all the old tiles and debri from homes…that to me is just as cool to see as the glass. I would love to know how to see this wonderland for some pics…my pics of the glass beach (macros) leave everyone breathless. Heading to the island end of February and then to Maui and would love to get some cools pics. Thanks for the post

  13. kamaina of hawaii says:

    thank to your stopid riddle,lots and lots of tourist and others found our little sacred fishing spot and disturbed the place that they decided to closed it down because the amount of people digging and trespassing in there.
    people like you should know that some stuff its better to keep KAUAIT!!! you are not part of hawaii because you have damage our little environment. it won’t open to the public for many years now.

  14. Tutu says:

    if you are at all considerate
    you should take this post down, for many reasons

  15. sea shell says:

    People have secrets, others don’t have the right to tell them.

  16. Kauai R says:

    I wish you would remove this…the area is now closed, but most areas of Kauai are now over run by tourists and disclosing unknown fishing and/or gathering sites is really uncool at this point. Just leave the pics….they are really nice.

  17. Andy says:

    Hi Kauai R; you are right. When I wrote this post many years ago, we never saw anyone there. Now, even with the construction and restricted access, there is always somebody when we go (alternatively, we always drop in on someone who is already there). I doubt it was because of my riddle and hidden directions. I never had anyone tell me (even privately) that they figured it out or that I helped them find the place.

    But you’re not alone. I am approving several comments that I had not revealed before. People were upset even with the hidden clues. They thought it was me who sent all those people there. Frankly, I believe many of the people who complain are the beach glass jewelers who don’t want people to know where to find their own (beach glass needs its own exposé, but I’ll leave that to someone else). But I am myself sensitive of crowds and their impacts on special places on Kaua’i. I have been careful to only talk about places that were already in guidebooks (such as the “Blue Hole” or the “Tunnels”). But that is no longer enough.

    And now I am realizing that ANY blogging that names places and publishes photos is a slow leak that eventually overflows the bucket. It creates buzz and however obscure, people find it on the internet and then add their names to the list of people who go–and then spread more info about it. Heck, even publishing a blog with the word “Kauai” in the title and having just pretty pictures is going to increase the tourist pressure.

    As you can tell, I have been mulling this change for a while, but the task of erasing info from my blog was daunting, and also a bit sad. But it’s inevitable and I am now working on it. So, this post has now been edited to have an unappealing title and to remove the riddle, and I am going to do the same to the rest of the blog shortly. To be effective, this is the only mention of it that I will make–the rest will disappear silently.

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