Kāheawai Trail

Trail in Manukā Natural Area Reserve


  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    7.06 miles


The trail descends through dry forest and sparsely vegetated lava fields to a point about 3.5 miles south of Manukā Bay where a jeep road parallels the coast. The recommended way to enjoy the trail is to be dropped off at the upper end and be picked up on the coastal jeep trail. Vehicle access to the coastline is via the four wheel drive access road which proceeds makai from Highway 11 at about the 83 mile marker and parallels the west boundary of Manukā. Climate in the area is generally hot and dry but occasional heavy rains occur during the winter months. No potable water occurs along the route.

Parking is available nearby at the Manukā State Wayside.

Difficulty: moderate

Highest Point: 1,900 ft.

Lowest Point: sea level

Allowed Activities
Horseback Riding
Rules & Regulation
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


  • Cultural Study
  • Nature Study
  • Ocean Scenery
  • Sensitive Area


  • Equestrian
  • Hiking


  • No Commercial
  • No Littering
  • No Open Fires
  • No Motorized Vehicles
  • No Plant Sand Dirt Rock Removal
  • No Smoking

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