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Ala Kahakai Trail (Hapuna-Puako Sector)

Trail in Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area


  • Directions

  • Distance

    1.20 miles


Trailhead access may be restricted

Due to the closure of certain State and City Parks and other facilities in response to reducing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic virus, access to certain trailheads may be restricted. All Nā Ala Hele Trails remain open, unless otherwise noted. 

Trails that are affected: Ala Kahakai Trail, Alakai Swamp Trail, Awaawapuhi Trail, Contour Road, Haeleele Ridge Road, Kaaweiki Ridge Road, Kauhao Ridge Road,Kawaikoi Stream Trail, Ke Ala Loa O Maui/Piilani Trail, Kohua Ridge Trail, Kukui Trail, Makaha Arboretum Road, Makaha Road, Manukā Nature Trail, Milolii Ridge Road, Mohihi-Camp 10 Road, Mohihi-Waialae Trail, Nualolo Cliff Trail, Nualolo Trail, Papaalai Ridge Road, Pihea Trail, Pine Forest Drive, Polihale Ridge Road, Polipoli Trail, Poomau Canyon Vista Trail,Puna Trail, Redwood Trail.

This trail follows the coastline over ancient fishermen's trails and historical Hawaiian Kingdom roads that have been connected through generations of use to form a single continuous route. It passes through both public and private lands, providing access to numerous beaches and resorts, and to both the Mālama Trail to Puakō petroglyph field near Holoholokai and the King's Highway inland of the Mauna Lani Resort. The Ala Kahakai also provides access to some of the most pristine shoreline remaining in Hawaiʻi, as well as numerous anchialine ponds, which are unique ecosystems given highest protection. Much of the trail receives only limited maintenance and short sections have been eroded by ocean waves. Only the Spencer-Puakō section of the trail has signage. Caution is advised as the trail follows the edge of potentially dangerous sea cliffs in certain areas. Hikes on Ala Kahakai may begin or end at any of the listed public access points. Difficulty: Easy Highest Point: 30 ft. Lowest Point: sea level

Allowed Activities
Wildlife Watching
Rules & Regulation
No Biking
No Motorized
Allowed Access

Additional Information

Special Conditions

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

Terrain and Trail Conditions

Coastal, Level


First try to click on the "Get Directions" icon at the top of this page.

Access from Highway 270 to:

  • Spencer County Beach Park 
  • end of Old Coast Guard Road

Access from Highway 19 to:

  • Mauʻumae Beach (via Mauna Kea Beach Hotel) 
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel 
  • Hāpuna State Beach Park 
  • Waialea Beach (aka "69s") 
  • Puakō Boat Ramp 
  • Holoholokai Beach Park (via Mauna Lani Resort) 
  • Mauna Lani Resort 
  • Waikoloa Resort

Parking, toilets and water are available at most locations.


Camping is only permitted at Spencer County Beach Park and Hāpuna State Beach Park by reservation and permit. Go to the Links section below to find where to purchase a camping permit online.

Simple Trail Tips

1. Stay on the trail.

2. Check the weather

3. Watch the time

4. Avoid undue risk

5. Read all posted signs

6. Respect other trail users

7. Pack out at least what you pack in

Amenities & Facilities

  • Cabins
  • Campsites
  • Drinking Water
  • Parking
  • Restroom


  • Beach Going
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Pedestrian
  • Wildlife View


  • Nature Study
  • Ocean Scenery


  • No Motorized Vehicles
  • No Bicycles
  • No Commercial
  • No Horse
  • No Hunting
  • No Littering
  • No Open Fires


  • Dangerous Cliff
  • Dangerous Footing
  • Flash Flood
  • Stream Crossing
  • Sun Exposure
  • Uneven Surface