Ke Ala Loa O Maui/Piilani Trail
Hawaii hikers

Covid-19 Protocols: Please wear a mask when indoors and in groups, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks

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PARK UPDATES: 10/22/21 - [OAHU] - Diamond Head State Monument will be CLOSED for demolition of a structure at the summit on the following days: October 28-29, November 1-5 and a partial closure of the summit will take place November 6-19, 2021.

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10/12/21 - [KAUAI] - Sections of the Waimea Canyon Lookout are currently CLOSED while repairs are done to the middle viewing deck. This project does not affect other lookouts in Waimea Canyon State Park and Kokee State Park.

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10/1/21 - [OAHU] - The gates at the Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park will remain CLOSED until further notice due to lack of staffing and available contracted services.

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4/19/21 - [ALL ISLANDS] - Entrance AND parking fees are now required for non-residents at several parks across the islands including: [KAUAI] Haena, Kokee, Waimea Canyon, [OAHU] Diamond Head, Nuuanu Pali, [MAUI] Iao Valley, Makena, Waianapanapa, and [HAWAII] Akaka Falls, Hapuna Beach.  Non-resident visitors will be required to pay for both entry and parking.

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3/29/21 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail reservation system is open again. Reservations are available 30-days in-advance. Park Entry and Parking reservations for morning and midday are available. Sunset-time reservations are currently not available.

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3/1/21 - [MAUI] - Waianapanapa State Park - Entry and Parking Reservations are now required for all non-residents. For reservations go to www.gowaianapanapa.com

Ke Ala Loa O Maui/Piilani Trail

Trail Length 3 miles (round trip)
Activity Pedestrian
Difficulty Moderate
Terrain Barren Lava, Ups and Downs.
Elevation Gain 200 ft
Park Name Waiʻānapanapa State Park

Description

This is a rugged coastal trail over largely barren lava, offering spectacular views of the Hana Coast and Slopes of Haleakala, as well as stands of native hala (screwpine) trees and small offshore islets.

Route

From the State Park make your way to the shoreline at Pailoa Bay (cliff shoreline) and head southeast. The trail is obvious in some areas and less so in others, but it is easy to follow the shoreline where it is not well-marked. Be respectful of gravesites within the park area, please stay outside of these areas, indicated by low stone walls and stone platforms. Pass the park cabins and Ohala heiau (temple) inland of the trail. Continue along the rocky shoreline until you reach a boulder beach, indicating the end of the trail From this point, you can retrace your steps, or follow roads leading to the Hana Highway to return to the park. Allow at least 2 hours for the hike. You may also make a full day of it and continue along the beach to Hana Bay, where food is available and swimming is accessible.

Directions

Take Highway 360 about 53 miles (3 hours) east of Kahului airport. Waiʻānapanapa State Park is at end of Waiʻānapanapa Road.

Additional Info

  • Mountain biking is not allowed on this trail.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Keep dogs on leash.
  • Pack out at least what you pack in.
  • No open fires.