Mahai'ula to Kua Bay

MODERATE 1 reviews

Mahai'ula to Kua Bay is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua Kona, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until April.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
639 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

views

wildlife

historic site

Drive in the southern entrance to Kekaha Kai State park. It is a long windy road over "improved lava", but most vehicles can make it. I rode there on a scooter. Take it slow. Park where you see cars parked and take the inland trail north. Keep passing beach after beach until you reach the Pu'u (Cinder cone hill) way off in the distance. Views from the top are nice on a clear day. Walk down the trail to the paved road that takes you the rest of the way to Kua Bay. Enjoy one of the best (yet crowded) sandy beaches near Kona!

hiking
1 month ago

Very cool trail along coast of Kekaha Kai State Park. Start at the popular southern enterance (Mahai'ula Bay) and hike along the trail past the renowned Makalawena Beach, over Pu'u Kili, to the popular Kua Bay. Portions along this path are heavily visited, but the entire distance is seldom walked, as most people access Kua via car, or stop their hike at Makalawena for the sand. I saw no one on the trail north of Makalawena till the paved rd at Kua.