Best trails in Kihei, Maui

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Looking for a great trail near Kihei, Maui? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, beach trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Haleakala National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like West Maui Forest Reserve or Iao Needle State Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Kihei ranging from 0.8 to 5.5 miles and from 0 to 68 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Kihei, Maui
Top trails (10)
#1 - King's Highway: Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
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.Show more
#2 - Lahaina Pali Trail from Maalaea
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Don't park out at the highway! Follow the signs to the trailhead and there is a nice parking lot further back. No need for 4WD to drive it, just take it slow. This trail is rocky and unrelenting up, but well-signed and easy to follow. The middle part is most challenging, and the upper third is actually quite easy.Show more
#3 - Wailea Oceanfront Boardwalk Trail
Makena State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
This lovely, partially paved coastal path climbs to Wailea Point, a great spot to watch for whales from November through May. There are five public beach access points along the way. All have parking areas and showers, and three of them have restrooms and picnic/barbecuing areas. Accessibility: The paved/boardwalk portion of the trail starts by the Renaissance Wailea Resort past the sand dunes. The typical width is four feet and it is mostly flat. Accessible parking can be found at the free beach lot south of the Grand Wailea Resort or at the county park lot at the southern end of the beachwalk.Show more
#4 - Hoapili Trail to Hanamanioa Point Lighthouse
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#5 - Kamaole Beaches 1, 2 and 3
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
#6 - Puu Olai Cinder Cone Trail
Makena State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Parking is $10 per vehicle at both Big Beach and Oneuli Beach. This trail can be started from any point in the parking lot, but the trail really begins near the northeast end, on the beach. Hike up the ridge to the top, around the center, and down the backside. On the back side is "Little Beach." This hike is a cinder cone which is part of the long-dorment Haleakala Volcano system. It's not unusual to see a herd of deer at the base of the hill. There are also a few homeless people camping out, but they are few and they are friendly. The top is windy in a few places, but most of the hike has trees to shield you. The back side is far less traveled and requires a little more dexterity to manage the descent. This is no longer a marked trail in the state of Hawaii, on the island of Maui. You are allowed to hike it IF you can find the trail, but be prepared for an unmaintained trail.Show more
#7 - Keawakapu Beach Trail
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
#8 - Pu'u Olai (Little) Beach Trail
Makena State Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 18 m
For updated information, please review the park's website. https://hawaiistateparks.org/parks/maui/makena-state-park/Show more
#9 - Ahihi Bay Trail
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
#10 - Kealia Pond Boardwalk
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m