Ala Kahakai Trail

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Address 62-3461 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743
Old Hawaiian Kingdom roads that today are a fun hiking trail with coastal views.

Features
• General: Camping • General: Cost: Free
• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Length: 5-8 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Out & Back Trail
• Sightseeing: Great Views • Water Activities: Fishing

Matt Anderson's Take
The Ala Kahakai Trail is a 7.7 mile long (each way), out and back style hiking trail that follows the coastline in the Kamuela area of Hawaii's Big Island.


The trailhead starts right at Spencer Beach Park, see our map / directions page for exact location, so that's a good spot to park. Then, just head to the south side of the beach and you'll find the trailhead right by the showers and bathroom building.


The Ala Kahakai Trail follows the coastline over ancient fishermen's trails and old Hawaiian Kingdom roads that were connected over generations to form a single route. There isn't anything in the way of elevation changes to worry about so it's a relatively easy hike for more.


As the trail heads south, you'll pass by Mau'umae Beach and then to the Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. If you just want a short, family hike you can turn around here and head back (you're about a mile in here).


If you keep going you'll pass by more beaches and even the Malama Petroglyph Trail / Puako Petroglyph Preserve but the further you go the less maintained the path is. Some areas have also been eroded away by ocean waves and there are a few areas where there are some potentially dangerous sea cliffs.


Proceed with caution and always read Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out. You'll also want plenty of sunscreen to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer and avoid going during the hottest parts of the day since the trail is exposed.
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