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

MODERATE 92 reviews

King's Highway: Hoapili Trail to Hanomanioa Lighthouse and Kamanamana Beach is a 5.5 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
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
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.

hiking
5 days ago

What a great day! Easy drive to the trail head and easy to find. My wife and I are mid 50 and active but this hike is still a good challenge. Like others have said on their reviews: take more water than you need, wear hiking boots, protect your skin. Going there was about 2.5 miles and we took a loop that had us going over large lava rocks for a great distance. This was a fun challenge and it seems to go on forever. We took the trail straight back which knocks of almost three quarters of a mile and almost an hour.

The path is almost all rocks so it can be hard on the feet after a day in the sun. We went to the end to find a beach but were disappointed in not seeing swimming holes. The options are not real clear. If you get lost follow the white rocks in the lava field. It really is like being on Mars I would assume.

There is no place like this on Maui. A must do.

hiking
14 days ago

The trail is like being on another planet. Not difficult, but prepare yourself. The hot weather can quickly become dangerous if you’re not prepared. There are two parts of the trail that run parallel to each other. They connect at clearly marked spots. They also connect in some not so clearly marked spots. Watch for the white coral marking the “paths” through the lava fields. These “paths” are difficult and dangerous, but they are what make this a 5-star trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful! So glad we came. Must wear hiking shoes and bring water.

2 months ago

It was a good morning walk. Not strenuous but wear shoes that have some protection- the lava rock can be brutal on the feet. It gets crowded mid morning. Don’t mind the campers when you get to the end- go explore.

hiking
2 months ago

got engaged here!!!

3 months ago

Loved this trail. Loved the lava terrain and views. Very unique. Saw whales near the coast at the light beacon and goats on the lavascape. The heads up to wear sturdy shoes, start early, bring water was much appreciated.

4 months ago

Phenomenal views. I cannot stress enough that a person should go in the morning hours for 2 reasons. 1- gets a lil toasty on that volcanic rock once the sun peaks and 2- you’ll encounter a ton of folks lingering at the beginning of the trail on your hike out. Also, there’s some back roads that locals take to the beach so your hope of exclusivity and triumph of a private, refreshing reward are somewhat dashed upon sharing this gem with cheaters who didn’t use their legs.

hiking
5 months ago

Marche pénible dans des cailloux de lave.

hiking
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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
6 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.

6 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
6 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.

7 months ago

Great walk with great scenery

7 months ago

Beautiful! It was like walking on another planet!

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Very cool!

hiking
10 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
11 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
11 months ago

Amazing experience!

hiking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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
Thursday, February 23, 2017

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
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

Monday, December 19, 2016

Gorgeous beaches passed the lighthouse.

hiking
Friday, December 09, 2016

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!

hiking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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.

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