King's Highway, Hoapili Trail to Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach

MODERATE 14 reviews

King's Highway, Hoapili Trail to Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kihei, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.6 miles 199 feet Out & Back

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This trail is part of the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve. It traverses the youngest lava flow on Maui, and rewards with ancient cultural sites and great pools for snorkeling and fishing. This 4 mile trail runs along a section of the King's Highway. This road is a feat in construction, as it is long and straight; and although hot and barren, it bears many interesting features. Note that it is not only straight but it also does not undulate with the uneven lava field. There are many sections in which the road is elevated in order to keep it flat. This trail is also called Hoapili Trail; named after Governor Hoapili who built it between 1824-1840. Brings lots of water and wear a good pair of hiking shoes. The loose lava can make the walk challenging. At the end of the trail is a pristine bay that the lava did not touch. You can also visit a nearby lighthouse, and some interesting olivine pools. Don't forget your swimming gear as snorkeling here is a must. Finally, if you come early in the morning, you can also catch a view of spinner dolphins at play.

4 days ago

Was great fun from the lighthouse on following white stone markers across the lava rock trail. Papaya tree had fruit at the second beach and was small but tasty.

24 days ago

worth the hike to the secluded beaches with many great views and interesting terrain

trail running
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great trail. The loose terrain makes it challenging. Highly recommend hiking boots or thick soles on your shoes

2 months ago

Great hike. Wear solid shoes - hat -water snack sunscreen. Winds are extremely storing especially by the light house. The views are unreal. Full sun exposure.
It's an omg type of hike - just amazing to see the volcanic rock - colors Of the ocean and the coral beach

3 months ago

Loved this trail. Mostly on lava rock so good soles needed. Hiking sandals are great as you will want to get your feet wet as you pass many secluded beaches. Great hidden pools in the lava rock cliffs, best is just below the light beacon. Bring water...mostly exposed and hot.

5 months ago

Pretty nice spot. Use to spearfish here A LOT. Some good shore fishing too down at the end off the cliffs. Those lava rocks are mean. so be careful. Those suckas hurt.

6 months ago

8 months ago

Great trail! Wear decent shoes due to walking on lava rock of different shapes and sizes. Most of trail exposed to sun. The views are fantastic.

Great beach vistas easy hike however you are so busy watching your feet because you are walking in lava rock you get bored....

2 years ago

Great spot to see the lava fields. The goats, coral shells, and scenery was wonderful. We followed kings highway to a beached cove. The trek was a challenge as it was mostly on golf ball sized lava rock. Ugh but the bay hike was great.

2 years ago

This was a stunning hike! We enjoyed trekking through the lava fields, and if you don't loop back directly, you can keep walking almost indefinitely going southward. We followed the King's Highway further down to an oasis/cove and took a short dip before heading back. All in all, our hike lasted maybe 2.5 hours at a pretty leisurely pace, but we could definitely have gone further if we'd brought more water along, because it was really hot!

3 years ago

Great hike through a lava field along the shore. Lava field itself is a great sight. At the shore, the eroded lava creates awesome formations and tidal pools and blow holes. Rocks go from jet black to bleached white and gold. Essentially no elevation change and easy trail to walk but good boots help with footing. Portions of the trail run through a twisted looking forest with a nice canopy but most of it offers no shade (as you'd expect in a lava field and shoreline) so be prepared for the sun. Can be made into a longer hike by picking up the King's Highway.

4 years ago

It starts at a beach and goes along the coast to a lighthouse. From there you can backtrack along the coast or cut thru the lava field. It is a sunny, windy hike and progress is slow. You will likely be the only one out there after the first half hour as most people will turn around. There are small blowholes near the water as well as tidepools that are full of life.

The hike doesn't have many physical obstacles or change in elevation, but the uneven ground and strong wind makes it a challenge.