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King's Highway, Hoapili Trail, Maui

Scramble over the desolate lava beds of Eastern Maui to reach a secluded beach.

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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Maui might be the second youngest of the volcanic chain of Hawaiian islands, but it doesn't see much geological activity these days. ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking & Trailhead

Finding the trailhead from this hike is pretty easy - just keep on driving along Makena Road until you run out of road. Some folk keep driving a little further on the rough lava to a slightly closer parking lot next to the ocean, but that's not necessary.

2. Black Lava & Yellow Sand

Initially the trail traces the route of the coastline through patches of kiawe woodland and beaches scattered with sand and white coral, contrasting sharply with the black of the lava outcroppings.

3. Surfers' Memorial

Whether or not this collection of broken surfboards and crosses is a true memorial to surfers lost at sea here is unknown, but it does provide a for a dramatic landmark. (Approx POI location)

4. [JCT] Left Turn

Suddenly the trees and bushes stop, and you're confronted with nothing but miles of jagged rock. Thankfully trails of crushed rock have been created here to make the path to Kanaio Beach a relatively easy one.

When you reach the lava beds take an immediate left turn parallel to the woodland, before taking a right - then it's a straight shot to ... More

5. [JCT] Straight ahead

Unless you want to take a half-mile excursion out to the Hanamanioa light, continue straight towards towards the beach.

6. Kanaio Beach

This small pebbly beach is an oasis of vegetation, having escaped being overcome by the most recent of the lava flows. Enjoy the views while perched on the makeshift swing here, before heading back.

7. Hanamanioa Light

More of a lamp post than a light house, a side trip to Hanamanioa Light won't inspire many photo opportunities, but is is an excuse to enjoy a little more of this Maui coastline.