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Started after military section and enjoyed a long, leisurely day walking the beach.

Worth doing. As always here incredible views.

Doesn’t get any better.

Stunning views and worth the entrance fee

Absolutely one of our all time favorite places. Missed seeing it this year.

We have just done it today. 12/10. It was absolutely doable by a 2wd car.
The view was great but the waves were too big for going far into the water.

The loop is open, but the dam is CLOSED.
Nice mahogany forests, but no vistas and, did I say, Muddy?

It’s more of a walk as others have stated. There is a $10.00 entrance fee. There are times parking can be challenging because it gets crowded. If you can wait it out, the breathtaking views and picturesque background is completely worth the $10.00.

on Wai Koa Stone Dam

9 days ago

Interesting walk thru a working farm. Good signage; easy.

The Wai Koa Loop Trail in Kilauea is perfect for children. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking and mountain biking. You should sign the waiver at the Anaina Hou Community Park, which is being renovated and includes a putt-putt golf in a botanical garden setting.

Not a hike. More like a walk through a wildlife refuge. There is great information about local birds, which my kids and family are really into! A lovely stroll. Yes, there is an entrance fee but you are supporting national parks!

nature trips
22 days ago

Absolutely stunning view worth the long drive. Make sure to see the Red Dirt Waterfall near it too.

25 days ago

Not a trail at all. But it’s worthy to spend 5 mins for this breathtaking view!!!

Cool hike with beautiful views of trees & mountains BUT it is very muddy and the waterfall & gardens is not accessible. Horses were friendly. 11/11/18

We drove a mini van right up to the beach. Great place to walk along the ocean and was a awesome sunset.

1 month ago

Definitely not a trail. $10 per person fee although my national parks access past granted me plus 3 to enter fee free. Nice views except for chain link fence surrounding the point. if you lean up on the fence check for large yellow-black spiders hanging below the rail! Almost grabbed one accidentally.

1 month ago

10/26/18 The Trail is back open! I work here! Come by and sign the waiver!

2 months ago

Overgrown vegetation. No views. Very hard to navigate through; you can get lost easily. Thankfully we started in the morning so we knew we had time to find our way out. We didn’t go out and back through the same entrance. We found a way out that led us to the road, and walked back to our car.

If you want to do a hike that is a literal walk through the jungle this is it.

Probably wouldn’t do it again.

- long pants
- start early
- camera for photo ops!

It is not necessarily a hike - but it's beautiful!

Beautiful view. Not much of a trail if you're looking for that but a nice stop off the road

Nice way to get familiar with different local vegetation. No super challenging points. We had a but of dirt/mud due to rain but nothing impactful to the hike.

Loved everything, the road, the vegetation. When we arrived the clouds were heavy in the canyon and we didn’t see the canyon from there! We
Will try again. There is a nice fruit stand at the entrance and there are bathroom facilities. Remember to bring hand sanitizer.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Great spot for looking at the Canyon. If it has rained recently there are a few waterfalls too. If your lucky there will be a Hawaiian Warrior talking about Hawaiian culture at the top of the lookout.

Great hike with kids. After you cross the initial creek the trail will take you to the right...to a very steep drop off. Do not go that way...go to the left. It kinda looks like a clearing but it’s the “true” trail that’s a moderate downhill hike that takes you to the ocean. When you get to the ocean, follow to the left a couple hundred yards and you’ll see the private beach.

3 months ago

Decently muddy trail if you happen to go after a rainstorm. There’s a few creeks/creek beds to be crossed. Bring shoes with good traction. My Vans did the job. There’s a homeless man camped out on the beach, he does not bite. Say hi and give him a beer. Overall, fun little hike. Bring the kids, but leave grandma behind.

Get out there!

3 months ago

Short hike to a gorgeous beach. Trail can be slippery if there's been recent rain, but totally doable even with kids and beach gear. Also, if you head to the right at the shoreline, then scramble across the rocks for a couple hundred feet, there is an easy to find waterfall and a nice freshwater swimming hole. All in all, this is a rare gem of a beach, a nice short jungle hike, and a great way to avoid the crowds.

Fairly easy hike to a really beautiful beach with great snorkeling! Make sure to bring water shoes as it's quite shallow with rocks/coral when getting into the water. Also wear good shoes as it's muddy & slippery on the trail going down. Ignore the big rock saying 'wrong trail' half way down and just pass it and keep walking along the black lava rocks (trail leads you parallel to lava rocks) until you get to the beach! There are 7 parking spots marked 'trail' at the Sealodge 1 building where you can park. We went there on a Saturday at 11am and there were only 2 other couples there. As it got later more people started arriving. This hike/beach is definitely worth it!! ;)

It was great to see different types of birds in their habitat.

4 months ago

Easy hike to pretty beach in a protected cove. Nice snorkeling but super shallow, which makes it difficult. Don’t walk in the coral ! About 20 people here - not crowded. Designated Trail parking spots at sea lodge 1 building. Trail starts there.

Not a hike at all, but great views!!

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