King's Highway: Hoapili Trail to Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach

MODERATE 174 reviews

King's Highway: Hoapili Trail to Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach is a 8.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kihei, Maui, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
53 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

off road driving

paddle sports

road biking

scenic driving

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

rocky

no shade

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.

Beautiful hike and views at the end! Worth it!

hiking
13 days ago

We went around 10am. Weather was 80 and sunny. Never had an issue with the heat on the rocks as other posters have mentioned. If there wasn’t a shore breeze then I could understand, but that wind more than compensated for any high temps. We returned around 4pm. Definitely bring more liquids than you would normally. Take the left at the fork. No sandals! Tennis shoes work. Never was out of breathe, just need to be careful of the rocks you choose to put a lot of weight on. We drove an hour to get here and it was worth it... take your time and enjoy!!!

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Great coastal trail, very original and worth your time. Can be a bit of an ankle twister, so wear solid shoes. Dont bring dogs, very rough lava rock ( ouch on paws), but DO bring lots of water. Lovely views of the lava path from the volcano and of course the ocean! We saw lots of spinner dolphins ♥️

1 month ago

Awesome trail. can get hot so bring water. Need shoes, flip flops not recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely enjoyed that one. It is of course possible to continue on king 's trail. Made it until the wind turbines. Snorkelling is great as well anywhere along the trail (when there is access to water of course!).

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Don’t bring your pups, I’ve watched many have to carry their dogs out. Beautiful views but it’s rough on their feet lots of lava rock.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great hike! Like others have said,please bring some sort of shoes or hiking shoes. Brought our 3 kids ( ages 9,11,and 12) whom did a great job on the trail. Bring water and a snack.

2 months ago

This trail begins at LaPeruse Bay. There are a few picturesque, shady spots but mostly it is a hot trek over dried lava. Wear a hat and proper shoes and bring enough water for the miles you plan to go. The peninsula offers spectacular 360° vistas of the southern coastline and backside of Haleakala.

2 months ago

awesome views. be prepared with water and proper footwear! older lady sprained her wrist, hit her head, and cut her knee this morning. probably wasn't paying attention but worth the thought of being sure on your feet for the loose rock.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful secluded beaches. Wear hiking shoes because you will be walking on fist-sized rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

Should be easy. The view is alright, lots of fist size rocks to walk on. Shoes are nice to have!

hiking
2 months ago

The reviews are accurate in terms of difficulty because of some difficult footing but a beautiful hike with lots of views. Keep to the right hand fork if you are time limited as it offers better views of the ocean with quite a few side lookouts of ocean. Other worldly is a good description I see on other posts and recommend sunscreen for fairer folks as there is little cover except on the first half mile or so. Lava kicks off lots of heat so bring a good size bottle of water.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Bring water and hard sole shoes and start early: It’s a long walk through a loose rock lava field with no shade. The beaches at both points are beautiful and worth the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice morning hike. Beautiful near the coastline and other-worldly as we tromped over the lava rock trail to the “lighthouse” (lamp post). Definitely enjoyed it. Do not try without at least good sneakers. Rocky trail caused a few near ankle twists. Just what I needed to justify a quiet afternoon of reading and relaxing!

4 months ago

Hiked part of this yesterday. Definitely a good idea to wear running shoes or hiking boots. It was also quite windy so my wide brimmed hat was constantly an issue and I had to hold the sides down for most of the hike. Started off nice and there was some shade but once on the lava part it was hot. We did see some spinner dolphins in the bay when we first started which was awesome. We turned around probably 1/2 way as some other hikers told us the pools were too shallow to snorkel in and the end beach was anti climatic and that they’d lost where the trail went. Did see wild goats several times on the lava fields as well as remanants of ancient Hawaiian civilizations. . All in all had fun at a slow pace and not sorry we turned around.

hiking
5 months ago

My favorite trail on Maui! I truly feel like I am walking back in time with every step. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes with ankle support and bring lots of water. There are a few small “off shoot” trails to the right of the main trail as you get to the open cliff area. Taking one or two of these will lead to the best views of the cliff edges. Also found a small and safe wading pool. But for me the real beauty is the end ~ the Olivine Pools are so interesting to me. Amazing color and mossy vegetation. Leave snorkel gear in your car, and after the hike, take a dip in a very shallow cove on the North side of La Parouse Bay. As you pull into the parking lot, facing the ocean, that snorkel spot is far right. Trail is off to the left.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice and interesting trail through lava field. If you go to the old lighthouse, there are two pools on the way that are worth to stop and swim in them. Just go to the lighthouse and when you see small path leading to the right side, go for it and you will find them! Enjoy! :)

6 months ago

Loved this trail! It was mostly flat but navigating through the lava beds created a great workout. The olivine pools were beautiful, as was the rugged coastline. Make sure to take the spurs off the main trail to see the rugged, but gorgeous, cliffs along the ocean. A bit of rock scrambling on the spurs, but well worth it. Also there was a special viewing of some wildlife. I did not think the trail was as hot and sunny as stated, but I would recommend a hat and sunscreen.

6 months ago

Easy. Exceptional view on lava field. We have seen a monk seal and her baby.

trail running
6 months ago

No good for a trail run. First mile is nice and smooth, couples of beaches and trees along the way. Then rolling rocks for the entire trail. Easy to hurt yourself. The kind of trail to wear down your hiking boots.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful coastal views! During hide tide there are view small blowholes. While the trail is wide and flat, closed toed shoes are a must. The ground is lose stone and lava.

hiking
7 months ago

Little dry/hot if you start late. Some good views near the coast before going in towards a bunch of volcanic rocks. Some wild goats along the way tagging along. Might be better during early morning but not a whole lot to see. Casual workout

8 months ago

great morning hike. good shoes, sunglasses, and water are a must. well marked, moderate hike.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Nothing i would recommend someone doing! No nice views, no nice path!

trail running
10 months ago

Quite the disappointment Really tough to run this trail and there's not much to see. The pristine beach at the end of the trail is a campers dump with beer bottles and quasi permanent tents. The light house is not what you think - it's not an east coast light house - it's more like a street sign. Too many other great places in Maui to go - recommend to avoid.

10 months ago

We’ve hiked this twice. I prefer the inland trail as opposed to the coast because it ends at a pretty beach where we could eat lunch under some shade trees. It’s very beautiful. Advice: Start early, before 9 is smart. It heats up quick. Be smart and wear over the ankle boots. Real easy to twist an ankle; most of the journey is traveling over loose and very course rock. Bring more than a store bought water bottle. Bring a hat if you don’t want to burn. There’s no place to hide from sun once out in the open. Get there and park in the opposite direction of the sun. You’ll appreciate a cooler car upon returning. Highlights: Beach at the end of interior trail. Awesome landscape that looks lunar. Ocean views spectacular. Feels remote and peaceful.

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