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Ala Kahakai Trail

Hawaii > The Big Island > Kohala Coast
Summary
Length11.5 mi
Elev. Gain140 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeBeach
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.
Users
Hikers

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

Cost
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 Waimea-Kohala, HI
Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows around 66 at the shore to around 50 at 4000 feet. South winds around 10 mph shifting to the southwest up to 10 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 68.9° F
Relative Humidity: 100%
Pressure: 30.06"
Dew Point: 68.9° F

Winds from the South at 1.9 mph gusting to 4.3 mph

Precipitation
Today: 0.02"

Sunrise: 6:48 AM
Sunset: 6:26 PM
Weather reported from Homestead Road, Waimea, HI (KHIWAIME39)
Forecast
Friday
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 79 at the shore to around 69 at 4000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Friday Night
Occasional showers. Lows around 66 at the shore to around 50 at 4000 feet. West winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy. Haze in the morning. Occasional showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs 61 to 80. West winds up to 10 mph shifting to the southeast late in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows 44 to 72. Southeast winds around 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:54 PM
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