Hoapili Trail

Hoapili Trail
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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address 8300 Makena Road, Kihei, HI 96753
Long, rugged, and hot trail along Maui's south coast.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Dogs Allowed • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 10+ Miles
• Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail

The Hoapili Trail is a 12.5 mile long, out and back style hiking path located near La Perouse Bay in south Maui. To get here, you'll need to take Makena Road all the way until it ends at La Perouse Bay and park there. The actual trailhead starts at the far south end of the bay so you'll have to follow the coastline south.

While the trail itself isn't overly difficult, there are some minor elevation gains along the way (around 200 feet overall). The bigger challenge here is the 12.5 mile length (one way) and the fact that there is no water and no shade out here.

This area, even in winter months, gets incredibly hot and dehydration and sunstroke are real dangers. If you go, hiking boots are a must on this rough terrain and you'll need plenty of water and supplies so you'll be hiking in the middle of nowhere. Be sure to also read Hiking Safety & Essentials.

Along the way, and especially near the end, you'll see a variety of old stone walls and structures from ancient Hawaiians. These are all considered very sacred to Hawaiians today so be respectful and never touch these structures or rocks.

While a trail does continue on beyond the 12.5 mile point, you are asked not to go any further as the trail gets rougher and isn't marked beyond that point.