Explore the most popular trails in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A fun place that you can see turtles!!!!! My son loves it.

Decent hike through lava trails to the road. The initial beach was clear, shortly after that the path was about a foot or so under water for about 15 feet. Easy shoes off ford. Later the path was completely washed out causing a path through the lava field. A danger in itself. The trail was just OK, not worth the return trip.

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no shade
1 month ago

Nooooo shade! The trail itself was easy but the brutal sun made it hard. Come in early morning or late afternoon if you could.

Hot, hot hot. But we finished 2/3 of Trail. Spectacular scenery and wildlife.

fun hike, but tough to run given the trail conditions.. even though, I fully enjoyed the park.

This was my first trail in the island and still love to come. easy and short or long as you prefer, many hidden beaches where relax no one around. Bring water cover shoes and spf. enjoy!

Une bele balade le long de la plage. Le couché de soleil y est magnifique. Fait en courant sans difficulté.

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. A little of everything from woods to beach to lava fields

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bridge out
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Dernière partie de la randonnée était très accidentée même difficile d’y marcher!

favorite place to visit

Not really a hike - more of a long walk to the beach. The last half mile was washed out loose lava boulders. Did see a turtle that was hanging on the beach.

Interesting archaeological treasures, artifacts, fishponds and remains of ancient dwellings can be found all along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. The trail more or less follows the coastline for 175 miles (282 kilometers) from 'Upolu Point (northernmost point of the Big Island), along the entire west coast to Ka Lae (South Point), then northeast up to Waha'ula Heiau at Puna. Ala loa is the Hawaiian term for a long coastal trail around an island. Kahakai means shoreline. Ala Kahakai is the name originally given to the section of the ala loa trail from 'Upolu Point to Kailua, then later used as the name for the entire 175 mile National Historic Trail. We happened upon this trail while staying near the Fairmont Orchid and highly recommend walking as much as you can. My wife and I hiked at least 8 miles south of Fairmont and the scenery is amazing from fish ponds with moray eels to turtles resting on the beaches, hidden coves and beaches, lava rock outcroppings, historic settlements... amazing way to explore the coast of the Big Island and no one seems to walk this trail! We walked it every day for a week and hardly saw anyone on it.

About a 20-30 minute walk from the visitors center to the beach. First it’s gravel and then it turns into lava rock for about 2/3 of the trail but we were able to do it in flip flops. The walk is well worth it! The beach is not crowded, has shade from palm trees, and we saw 5-6 different sea turtles in our 2.5 hours there. You must make this a visit if you want to see some turtles!

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

I wouldn’t recommend doing the full loop. If you’re wearing sandals you could go on the southern portion, walk a long the sand and back out. If you’re wearing a hiking boot I would do the northern portion and walk back when you get to the sand. The middle part of the hike is in the sand, which isn’t great for hiking shoes. There is no shade along the hike.

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rocky
5 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. I do wish we had known the last 1/3rd of the trail was on a lava path. It got hot pretty quick. Make sure to bring extra water!

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over grown
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

I would rate this trail as moderate. First half is through a sandy beach. Second half is through a lava rock path. The first part of the lava rock is pretty even, but then the path is really rocky and jagged. Hard to walk on. Payoff isn’t great.

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