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King's Highway: Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach

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Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve

King's Highway: Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kihei, Maui, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and sea kayaking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 134 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Beach

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Rocky

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No shade

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Getting There

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.

Parking is free at the paved lot or drive further in to the end of the road and park in the dirt lot there. The parking area is small but rarely full. No permanent public facilities. Just some portables at the parking lot.

Drive to the end of South Makena Road.

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Mathew Simons
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HikingRocky

Fat guy advice ~ Wear good shoes, sunscreen and have lots of water. Overall pretty cool. Trail is very rocky, duh, your walking thru a lava field!! Tail is very hot, duh, your walking thru a lava field!! With that in mind, enjoy! It has beautiful views with the deep blue sea, rich black and white rock and green keawae trees. Those trees have large thrones I had to pluck out of my shoes a few times.

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John Hennagir
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HikingNo shadeRocky

To call this trail rocky is like calling the Himalayas hilly. It is a long straight path through a lava flow made out of lava rocks. Mostly larger rocks, grapefruit sized or larger, with random irregular boulders jutting into the path. There are no plants of any kind the entire way. Hiking boots are a must, as is water. It’s still a pretty cool hike. The shore at the end is beautiful and undeveloped. It sounds horrible but I enjoyed it.

Monique Mosich
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Good shoes, plenty of sunscreen and water will get you through. Nice little beach to refresh at before the hike back. We’ll do it again!

Cassidy Griswold
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HikingNo shadeRocky
Jordan Schmidt
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Hiking

Easy trail. Bring lots of water and sunscreen

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Carol Galligan
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HikingRocky
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kit Gauthier
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HikingNo shadeRocky

easy hike, but don't wear sandles if you want to go very far. nice costal views and a decent snorkeling spot about 3/4 way towards the "light house" side. make sure you bring water.

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Melissa Jones
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Easy hike, but limited shade and it seems like heat is radiating off of the lava fields! Bring plenty of water and while I wore my Keens, I would recommend fully closed shoes. Those little lava rocks are sharp!

Marc Nicolosi
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Scott Van Dyke
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HikingRocky

Lots of large loose lava rock once you get off the beach. Longer than it looks, but our 3 kids made it up and back without too much trouble. Gorgeous views of the water. Definitely worth it.

Andrew Johnson
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Hiking

Great trail-sun hat and water bottle recommended

Sarath Krishnan
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Hiking

I listened to my fellow all-trailians and stopped the hike at light. Walk got monotonous at some point in between the lava rocks. Carry ample water if you are planning to go later in the day. Highlight for me was the group of dolphins sighted from trailhead. It was around 7am, right near the parking lot. You will also see groups of feral goat or Hawaiian ibex in between the lava rocks. At the end, it was more of a signal beacon and not a lighthouse. But the views were good. Took me about 2.30 hours round trip with photo stops.

Parul Johri
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Hiking

Awesome trail! There is no place to really swim once you reach the beaches but it's a great place to hike. Feels like you're not on earth.

David Platt
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4/5 for the "lighthouse" leg - easy stroll with varied landscape of mixed black/white sand beaches, coastal trees, and lava flows 2/5 for the King's Highway leg - would recommend skipping this. Bland-ish path through broken lava rocks with intense sun exposure. The scenery gets old quickly, especially after the lighthouse leg, and walking on the rocks for a while took toll on my feet even with standard hiking boots. The beach at the end is secluded but fairly rocky. Not impossible to swim in, but the sand beaches earlier were more pleasant.

Emily Stekol
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Val E
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No shadeRocky

We usually take the coastline trail which is easier. I love the little goats and views but grow weary of the rocks. we walk to the olivine pools and turn around just beyond the lighthouse. The higher trail is hot and barren but treats you to enexpected views of Big Island if weather is clear. there are hidden coves if you head toward the ocean, well passed the lighthouse. wear hikers and bring water.

Billy Kessler
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Davy MyKing
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Hiking

tres beaux paysage mais je ne conseil pas de faire toute la randonnée. passez la plage et les fondations dune maison en pierre de lave vous trouverez une plage en contrebas a votre droite. cest une plage de sable noire magnifique et tres tranquille. je ne vous conseil pas daller plus loin cela ne vaut pas la peine et vous vous trouverez a cuire au soleil pendant un bon bout!

Alfred Vink
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Nice, but the last part is brutal in the sun! As for snorkelling at the end, check the conditions, yesterday the wind was strong so big waves and strong undertow. No snorkelling conditions.

Michele Blumreich
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While this trail is rated easy, a 5 mile walk in loose lava takes its toll on the body. It is an interesting area to visit, but I would not do the hike again. Basically, you are walking through field of lava with not much to look at and no shade. At the turnaround point, we did see some mountain goats!

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James Kirkish
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