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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 clear. Haze. Lows 52 to 69. Southwest winds around 10 mph early in the evening becoming light, then becoming south around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph after midnight.
Temperature: 70.5° F
Relative Humidity: 61%
Pressure: 29.96"
Dew Point: 56.5° F

Winds from the East at 5.1 mph gusting to 7.4 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:49 AM
Sunset: 5:45 PM
Weather reported from West Hawaii Explorations Academy, Hilo, HI (KHIHILO14)
Sunny. Haze in the morning. Highs 67 to 83. South winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph shifting to the west in the late morning and early afternoon, then shifting to the southwest late in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 45 to 71. Light winds becoming east up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 65 to 83. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 10 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 45 to 70. East winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the northeast 10 to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:19 AM
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