Explore the most popular hiking trails near Kailua Kona with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I kind of had a hard time figuring out what was what but did eventually. Direction and maps are not my strong point. Beautiful place to check out. Saw turtles and I even saw a monk seal.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

From the south it is an easy walk across a mostly level foot trail, but with medium rocks. Hot if sun is out. From north it is a little more technical walk down sloped 4wd trail over medium to large rocks, although not hard. The red route on the site isn't showing going to Makalawena, follow the black dotted trail instead. I'd recommend at least tennis shoes for either way.

There are other hikes of note that aren't listed (at least that I can find) within this park.

Pu'u Ku'ili - very short hike up a cinder cone, immediately next to Kua Bay. Look for the 15mph sign on the drive in, the entrance to the trail is about 30 yards back from the sign across the road on the left. Hidden so if you don't know it's there you'll miss it. Really cool views form the top of this cone. I'd recommend tennis shoes, but I have done it a few times in slippers (Hawaiian for flip flops).

Makole'a Black Sand Beach - about a mile hike south from the Kekaha Kai State park pit toilets. Follow the coast until you start to see white coral chunks marking a rough trail over Pahoehoe lava flows. Cool little beach with sweet black sand. Saw one person during hike. I did hike in slippers.

Beautiful lush foliage and just enough up and down to get your heart pumping.

3 months ago

Easy trail to beautiful beaches.

hiking
3 months ago

Great place for a quick hike to escape the heat in Kona.

3 months ago

Very lush trail. I went with my 3yr old and 1 year old. The trail floor is knotty, narrow and not well marked. If you have young children a carrier that straps onto you is recommended. There are some steep hills. I'm very athletic so carrying both children back up hill was fine. Definitely going to be a regular visit for us. Beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

The beach was stunning and very easy to get to. The rest of the hike was also pretty nice and very easy.

walking
4 months ago

Great trial although GPS and google are a necessity.Fairly easy even for a novice hiker.
The map with AllTrails is very helpful

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike through the forest. Lots of tree roots and rocks so bring hiking shoes. Trail is not marked too well.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice and shaded. Bring insect repellent.

Nice garden walkway and beach walk. Worth the effort even though the road entryway looks like old industrial area. Give it a try!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail! We made a loop out of it going left past a sign on left down to a dirt road then right on that dirt road and the next right up a steep rockier road that intersected with the out and portion of the trail listed on map. There were more trails that we were able would have liked to explore but didn’t want to be out there with our kids too long.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Wonderful little loop. Lush and easy hike.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This was an easy hike perfect for a hot day. This cloudy forest (yes that's a legit type of forest) provided a cool, mostly shaded break from the sun and was filled with lush foliage and trees. We could hear lots of birds throughout the hike, as well as some cows and only saw 1 other hiker!

There were other trails in this area that aren't part of this trail and this trail doesn't have any signs so I would suggest using the Alltrails app map and record your hike.

To find the trailhead we searched Makahi St trailhead on Google maps. The trailhead is located at the very end of Makahi St on the right side (don't get mistaken with some other trailhead blocked by a fence that is near the end of the street). Almost immediately after starting the trailhead, you can either go straight or turn right; both are part of this loop, it's just a matter of which way around the loop you want to go. Keep going straight for a gradual uphill hike that will end with steep down hill, or turn right for steep uphill that will end with gradual downhill.

If you go straight, about 15 min into the hike you will meet a wire fence. You can turn right here , hike 0.3 miles, find a service road and retrace your tracks back got the main trail, or keep right to stay on the main trail. Turning left doesn't yield any new views to see on the trail, but if you want more time in the forest then do the extra 0.6 miles! If you turn right at the fence, after 5 min you will see the steep downhill on your right to go back to the start.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail. Saw very gigantic ferns all along the teail

Beautiful beach, flat walk across lots of medium rocks so watch your step

This isn't a "hiking trail", it clearly states "Private Property" and "Wahi Kupuna- sacred place". its a culturally sensitive area as well as conservation and private land. Anyone who trespasses here has no respect for Hawaiian culture, sacred places, conservation sensitive area and private lands.

Permission needs to be obtained from Kamehameha Schools. Map route shown here is inaccurate for the second (upper) half and dead wrong for the upper 1/4. This is close to a 16 mile, 11 hour hike up and back, much of it on a loose pebble road. You'll want trekking poles and closed-toed boots, (it will kill you in sandals), and be prepared with rain gear and at least 3L water... and should you turn an ankle, to spend the night at altitude. Cellphone service is spotty along route, so don't count on calling 911.

paddle sports
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Great spot to go snorkeling! Had a sea turtle swim up to me and lots of exotic fish! However, the road to get here is a little bumpy, lots of potholes so drive with caution. It's a mile and half long but doable in a car like a Ford Focus and similar models. Pristine beach, white sand, blue/clear water! Also great for sea kayaking too!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beautiful hike through forest. Path is narrow with lots of roots so a hiking stick was very helpful. We somehow missed a portion of the main trail and ended up on a lava service road. we were able to find our way back but ended up going almost 3 miles.

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easy trail. Little long, dirt/rocky trail-- totally worth it, BEAUTIFUL beach. White sand and blue water

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

nice trail and scenic view of forest

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Remote and very tropical.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cute easy little trail. Minimal views though.

It's trespassing to be there which takes the fun out of it.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Beautiful hike. We actually went straight from the start downhill and missed the official trail. Ended up being a down and back beautiful walk. Steep coming back up.

walking
Friday, December 02, 2016

Loved walking around and taking in the scenery. It's a bit of a hassle to get to since you have to drive through a lava field with a road that is kind of bad. I suggest having a truck or SUV.

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