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Lydgate Beach Park, Wailua, Hawaii – Playground and Swimming Areas

Lydgate Beach When my family lived in Kauai, Hawaii from 1974 to 1977 (some of my teenage years), we spent many Saturdays and Sundays at one beach or another. The beach I remember the most is Lydgate beach.

While I can remember many times being at a beach without the family, I can’t remember the names of those beaches. It’s been almost 40 years. It’s amazing if I can remember any of the places from that period of my life.

Lydgate Beach – The Swimming Area

Some people call it a jetty. I don’t know what it’s really called. All I know is, back then, it was about 10 feet deep at the deepest point. It gets dredged periodically, so it’s probably shallower or deeper at times. Here’s a short YouTube video so you can get an idea about the size:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHmW87IJSoE

There are two parts to the swimming area, separated by rocks. I only remember one. Anyway, the narrator calls them “man-made tide pools”.

I could be wrong, but I don’t believe the Kamalani Playground existed back in the 1970s. If it had, my family would have spent some time there and we didn’t.

Finding Information about Lydgate Beach Park

I wanted to write about the park years ago and it must have been before any videos about it existed on YouTube. I couldn’t find a specific page about it at Wikipedia. I found a page that referred to it, the Royal Coconut Coast, but I don’t think that page existed before 2013.

There are several videos available on YouTube now. I noticed upload dates of 2010 and 2014. I didn’t see anything newer. I haven’t found anything anywhere that explains how the park got its name. It was probably named after a resident, but your guess is as good as mine as far as the claim to fame.

Vacationing in Hawaii

When someone asks me where the best vacation spots are in Hawaii, I try to steer them away from Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. The island of Kauai, especially the Eastern side, has a lot more to offer.

I remember a few hotels, Paradise Pacifica (Hawaiian dance shows) and a lot of beaches. I remember snorkeling, trying to learn to surf (which I never did, unless you count body surfing with a boogie board) and swimming for hours on end.

I honestly don’t know what it’s like today. I can only guess by the videos I watch. Like I said, it’s been almost 40 years.

Photo Attribution User:Grace808 [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


RT Cunningham
January 20, 2017