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Ala Kahakai Trail

Hawaii > The Big Island > Kohala Coast
Length11.5 mi
Elev. Gain140 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
The Ala Kahakai Trail is a circle-island trail that will take you through an experience that mixes both the ancient elements of Hawaii, as well as the gleaming modern resorts of the island. The trail mostly follows the Golden Coast, high-end resorts, beaches, rocky cliffs and much more.

The trail starts along the Anaehoomalu Bay, or the A-Bay at the public showers. At the end of the beach, you will come across the Kaauau Point and the Hilton Waikoloa Village Hotel, finally reaching the Lulahala Point or the Buddha Point. Next, you will come across a golf course and the rugged Hawaiian cliffs and reach the swanky neighborhood near Honokaope Bay.

Along the Makaiwa Bay, you will cross the ancient fishponds of Kalahuipuaa - a Hawaiian archeological site, representing the spirit of the island. Along the way, you may come across a few turtles in the beach too! The trail next passes through the Puako Petroglyph Trail and a nice stretch of the coast.

Few of the other beaches that you will come across in the trail are the Wailea Beach, the Hapuna Beach (with another archeological site), the Kaunaoa Beach and the Maumae Beach, finally reaching the Spencer County Beach Park, from where you can take a cab back to the trail head.

Best time to go
February - when whale-watching season is at its peak

About $40 for taxi back to trailhead

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 54.843' N
155° 53.237' W

Driving Directions:
You will have to drive North of Kailua-Kona, for about 22 miles, on Highway 19 and then turn left on the Waikoloa Beach Drive, just before reaching the mile larker 76. Drive for 6 miles and then take a left at the Kuualii Place and park at the end of the road.
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Weather Report for Waikoloa, HI
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Lows 51 to 75. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Temperature: 73.2° F
Relative Humidity: 75%
Pressure: 29.93"
Dew Point: 65.0° F

Winds from the NNW at 0.6 mph gusting to 1.9 mph

Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:20 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from Waiha Loop, Holualoa, HI (KHIHLUAL6)
Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 71 to 87. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. Haze through the night. Lows 53 to 76. Light winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 71 to 86. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 53 to 76. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:03 PM
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