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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 Waikoloa, HI
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 64 to 82. West winds around 10 mph shifting to the north in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 63.1° F
Relative Humidity: 46%
Pressure: 29.71"
Dew Point: 42.1° F

Winds from the ESE at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 5:54 AM
Sunset: 6:46 PM
Weather reported from PUU LANI RANCH, Kailua, HI (KHIKAILU76)
Forecast
Tonight
Cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 51 to 71. Northeast winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs 65 to 83. Light winds becoming northwest around 10 mph in the late morning and early afternoon, then becoming light late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 52 to 73. Light winds becoming south around 10 mph late in the evening, then becoming light after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs 67 to 85. Light winds becoming northwest around 10 mph in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:56 AM
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