Kaiwi Shoreline Trail

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Address 9000 Kalanianale Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96825
Easy out and back trail with ocean views.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 2-3 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy
• Hiking: Nature Walk • Hiking: Out & Back Trail

The Kaiwi Shoreline Trail is a 2.4 mile long (one way), out and back style hiking trail located at the southeast tip of O'ahu. The trailhead is located right where the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail starts so you can park in the lot there and simply veer right instead of going straight up to the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail.

The terrain along the way is relatively flat with elevation gains of around 175 feet overall, which makes it a pretty easy hike for most. Just remember that if you do the entire trail you'll need to come back which makes it a nearly 5 mile long trip.

Along the way, about halfway through, you'll come across a sandy area which is Alan Davis Beach. A neat place to check out and it feels a million miles away from it all, unless it's a weekend when it may be crowded with locals.

Right next to Alan Davis Beach, on the east side, is Pele's Chair. This is a rock formation that, from a certain angle, resembles a huge chair. Apparently, this one is for Pele - The Volcano Goddess. Some people try to climb it but we don't recommend that. Climbing up is a sketchy even if you have rock climbing experience and coming down is even more difficult and you don't need a rescue on your Hawaiian vacation, right?

Keep in mind that while the hiking is easy, it's completely exposed so it will likely be very hot here. Go early and wear plenty of sunscreen to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer. Always read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before doing any hike.

The above map gives you an idea of the trail and where is starts and ends.