Trail follows along Maui's southern coastline through barren, jagged lava flows. Climate is exceedingly dry and the trail nearly devoid of vegetation. Initially passing through kiawe trees along the beach, the trail turns inland and climbs onto a rough lava field. The trail then rejoins the coast at the beginning of Kanaio Beach. This area is the site of many old Hawaiian stone walls and house foundations. It is strongly suggested that you turn around at this point. The trail beyond is rough and not well marked with NO WATER or shade. Please stay on the trail. DO NOT TRESPASS. There is NO WATER. Private land owners are not responsible for hikers. Please do not disturb or remove any rock formations or archeological sites. Hiking boots are a must.
Rules & Regulation
- Ocean Scenery
- Dangerous Footing
- Sun Exposure
Terrain and Trail Envrionments
Rugged and barren; elevated climbs and descents
Hunting may be in progress on or near this hiking trail. Hunting dogs may be off-leash while engaged in the hunt. Hikers must keep their dogs leashed at all times and remove dog waste while on this trail.
Simple Trail Tips
- Stay on the trail.
- Check the weather
- Watch the time
- Avoid undue risk
- Read all posted signs
- Respect other trail users
- Pack out at least what you pack in
Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk. Downloadable resources are provided below.
Take Kihei Road (31) going south past Makena State Park and through Ahihi-Kinal Natural area reserve to La Perouse Bay where the paved road ends.