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

MODERATE 68 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
150 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

off road driving

road biking

scenic driving

sea kayaking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Marche pénible dans des cailloux de lave.

hiking
1 month ago

Very Hot Hike. Footing is uneven. Hiking on Lava rock is a different experience. Definitely a side to Maui most will not see

hiking
1 month ago

Some of the best views are along this trail. As everyone else has already stated, bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes. Trail is made of lava rock and very sharp so be careful. Be prepared for high winds and/or heat.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful; you feel like you've been transported to Mars, and yet you get these sweeping views of Haleakala beyond the lava flow.
As other posters have said, bring more water than you think you need, bring tough shoes, and start early. The rocks started radiating much more heat than I had anticipated past a certain hour. Shoulda seen that coming.

hiking
2 months ago

We’ve done this trail a few times. Be aware of the wind conditions the day you decide to do it. High winds at the end made for a miserable pay off for me. Overall though the views are spectacular and the wild life surprisingly active.

2 months ago

Wear sturdy shoes, this is not a flip flop hike. Bring more water than you think you will need, it is hot. But the views are nice and the knowledge that you are walking in the steps of history is worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

We had a perfect day for this hike, overcast with a light breeze. The trail was great, interesting sights from the otherworldly landscape to the goats roaming around the wooded areas and further up the volcanic rocks. What was not so great was when three guys in a Toyota 4Runner came off-roading up behind us. When they parked about an 1/8 of a mile ahead of us, we decided to end our trek to the lighthouse and turned back to the parking lot. Since these guys had no qualms about ignoring the “no motorized vehicles allowed” sign, I wasn’t about to risk discovering what other laws they might be willing to break. Bummer of an ending to an otherwise wonderful nature experience.

3 months ago

Great walk with great scenery

3 months ago

Beautiful! It was like walking on another planet!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, well defined... walking on the rocks through part of it was difficult at times. Trail was mostly flat, easy to find and beautiful. Portapoties were available at the beginning of the hike in the parking lot.

hiking
5 months ago

Great to do once because of its unique landscape but not returning....too hot.

hiking
5 months ago

Very cool!

hiking
6 months ago

Not at all what we expected to see on an island. Just like others have stated the lava rock makes you feel like your on another planet. Hike was definitely moderate, just wear good shoes and watch your footing. Waves were huge today and the sunset was awesome. So many different things to see along this stretch.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike is different. It's not you typical walk on the beach. It feels like you are on a different planet. Make sure you pack heavy-duty hiking boots or sandals. Brings a lot of water and enjoy history of how the earth was born.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing experience!

hiking
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Great hike, If you like broken ankles, heat, wind,and nothing to look at.

9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike with diversity of environment. Rocks, trees, ocean. Very windy especially towards the end.

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