King's Highway, Hoapili Trail to Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kihei, 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.
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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.
We did the branch of the trail to the lighthouse and back. At a moderate pace with stops it took us just under two hours. Parts of the trail are large loose rocks so proper shoes are a must. This shoreline hike has a mix of trees and open lava rock fields. You will want to head out early when it is cooler. Luckily we had a light breeze to help keep us cool. We enjoyed butterflies along the beaches and caught a glimpse a few wild goats.
Great hike, If you like broken ankles, heat, wind,and nothing to look at.
Great hike! Would be a mostly easy stroll if it weren't for the lack of shade. It's pretty rocky; definitely wear sturdy shoes. The beach at the end is beautiful. You can walk past the beach, but the path was unclear, so I turned back. Wonderful scenery.
Beautiful scenery abounds on this hike. We hiked out to the channel marker and back. The first part of the hike was through beautiful woods along the black rocks and beautifully clear water. The middle of the hike was thru the lava fields and is a slow go if you don't want to twist an ankle. The scenic offshoots are a must; Waves crashing against shear cliffs and a blowhole..BE VERY CAREFUL HERE SO AS NOT TO BECOME PART OF THE SCENERY..OFFSHOOTS NOT FOR LITTLE PEOPLE!!!
Great hike with diversity of environment. Rocks, trees, ocean. Very windy especially towards the end.
Gorgeous beaches passed the lighthouse.
Fun walk over the lava fields and through the forest by the beach. Go past the lighthouse to the coral beach...it's amazing! Do not do this hike in the full sun, you'll melt!
Was great fun from the lighthouse on following white stone markers across the lava rock trail. Papaya tree had fruit at the second beach and was small but tasty.
worth the hike to the secluded beaches with many great views and interesting terrain
Great trail. The loose terrain makes it challenging. Highly recommend hiking boots or thick soles on your shoes
Great hike. Wear solid shoes - hat -water snack sunscreen. Winds are extremely storing especially by the light house. The views are unreal. Full sun exposure.
It's an omg type of hike - just amazing to see the volcanic rock - colors Of the ocean and the coral beach
Loved this trail. Mostly on lava rock so good soles needed. Hiking sandals are great as you will want to get your feet wet as you pass many secluded beaches. Great hidden pools in the lava rock cliffs, best is just below the light beacon. Bring water...mostly exposed and hot.
Pretty nice spot. Use to spearfish here A LOT. Some good shore fishing too down at the end off the cliffs. Those lava rocks are mean. so be careful. Those suckas hurt.