Mokolea Point Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Mokolea Point Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kilauea, HI that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and fishing and is accessible year-round.

2.8 miles 400 feet Out & Back



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The rugged cliffs of Mokolea Point, part of the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, is home to dramatic tide pools and the abandoned Kihili Rock Quarry, with views extending across Kilauea Bay and beyond. The hike follows an old rutted road to the quarry overlook and beyond to the tidepools. Kahili Rock Quarry sits along the rugged cliffs of Mokolea Point, part of the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge. The abandoned rock quarry overlooks the crescent-shaped Kilauea Bay from above the outlet of the Kilauea River. The views extend across the bay, which is rimmed by groves of ironwood trees, to the forested windswept cliffs along the bays southeastern edge and beyond. During the summer months, when the ocean is calmer, the lava bench also provides access to an amazing array of "breathing" tidepools, emptying and filling with each wave. The road to the promontory starts in Kilauea and runs about a mile before it's no longer maintained, and the mud-filled potholes become treacherous to cars. You will need a 4WD vehicle to go any further or you'll need to park and continue on foot or mountain bike. Half a mile further, the road opens onto a plateau overlooking Rock Quarry Beach (a.k.a. Kihili Beach) with a nice view across the bay. If you made it this far with a vehicle or bike, park there and continue on foot. Stop anywhere to take in the sunrise over the bay. (This is really the only point on the north side of Kauai where you can see the sun rise over the ocean... the lighthouse doesn't open until 10am.) From here you can see the partially submerged lava-ledge. It sits 20-feet above the sea, but the incoming tidal waves are often twice that height, drowning the rocks before receding to reveal a series of roiling tidal pools. Some are even big enough to soak in during low tide in the summer months, when the ocean is calmer. If you feel ambitious you can continue along the sharp, slick boulders for another 1/4 mile to reach a trench about the size of a hot tub which fills with thrashing sea water each time the ocean comes in, before receding back with the tide. Sea life is often caught in the strong tides being shoved up through the pools and become briefly trapped. Rock Quarry Beach (a.k.a. Kihili Beach) looks pretty appealing from Mokolea Point, and you can reach it by scrambling through the underbrush and down the cliff near the parking plateau and then fording the Kilauea River outlet, but for easier access (including a parking lot), you'll need to head back to Hwy 56. (Instructions here:

1 month ago

Nice easy hike with a huge payoff at the end. The view if the coast is simply incredible!

8 months ago

Very beautiful but directions to Kalili quarry road are incorrect. Take koho rd to Kilauea rd to Kalili quarry road and drive till you tech deep ruts in rd. Walk is easy and spectacular