Ala Kahakai Trail
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Ala Kahakai Trail is a scenic 175 mile hiking trail that follows Hawaii Island’s coastline tracing the paths of ancient Hawaiians. The entire trail is made up of several short segments of trails that cross through public as well as private land.
Most people will not hike the entire trail but only portions of it unless of course you have months to EXPLORE “The Big Island.”
Ala Kahakai Trail can be accessed from Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area as well as other public access points listed below. The trail traces some of the most pristine shoreline remaining in Hawaiʻi and through both public and private lands allowing access to several beaches and resorts including the Fairmont Orchid and the Mauna Lani Resort.
The Kohala portion of the trail is a 15.4 mile loop along the coast between Anaeho'omalu Bay (A-Bay) in the Waikoloa Resort area and Spencer Beach near Kawaihae.
From Anaeho'omalu Beach in front of the Marriott Hotel north to the Hilton is a fairly smooth trail with gorgeous scenery definitely worth EXPLORING. North of the Hilton, just past the lagoons, the trail rises up alongside the golf course. The large statue of Buddha makes a nice turnaround point.
Beyond the golf course, the trail increases in difficulty for the next couple of miles as it climbs through sharp lava.
There is a bit of relief from the sharp lava when you reach Honokaope Bay near the Mauna Lani Resort area. The trail is again sharp and rugged as you continue towards the bend on the north side of the bay where the trail is nicely improved as it passes in front of Mauna Lani Point and onto the beautiful beach at Makaiwa Bay.
You will find the trail remains easy all the way north past the Fairmont Orchid and beyond, with several interesting fishponds, anchialine pools, and historical remnants along the way.
A little further north, between Hapuna Beach and Spencer Beach is another manageable hike of less than three miles as you cross Mauna Kea Beach and Mau’umae Beach along the way. If you are seeking only a short hike with beautiful scenery, we highly recommend walking the portion of the trail that links Mauna Kea Beach and Hapuna Beach. This shoreline trail proudly boasts dramatic ocean views and is less than a mile between the beaches. Read TripAdvisor Reviews