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Hoapili Trail & La Perouse Bay

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Length5.5 mi
Elev. Gain200 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating8 / 10
The La Perouse Bay was named after the French explorer Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de La Perouse, who mapped the area in 1786. According to legend, the bay was once haunted by Huaka I po or the Night Marchers who caused mischief at night.

Start the hike from the parking area and head towards the ocean and the La Perouse Bay. The bay lies south of Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area and is the site for Maui's most recent volcanic eruption in the 1700s. Explore the rocky beach of the bay and head towards north when the trail leaves the bay to enter the forest of Kiawe trees.

You will cross many small beaches on your way. Spend some time and enjoy the tide pools that gather in the bay. Pass a gravesite overlooking the bay till you reach a fence to your left. Look for a small opening in the wall of rocks and ashes and you will see the Hoapili trail sign beyond it. Turn left and walk to the trail junction and at 0.8 mile, the trail takes from your right to the tip of Cape Hanamanioa. You will see the Kanaio Beach from here. Climb down to the beach and enjoy but do not go for swimming in the water.

Best time to go
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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 35.949' N
156° 25.174' W

Driving Directions:
Take Hwy.31 south and pass the Makena State Park and the Ahihi-Kinal Natural Area Reserve and turn to Makena Road to reach the parking lot at the end of it. The road ends at the coast of La Perouse Bay.
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Weather Report for Kihei, HI
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 79 at the shore to 60 to 66 upcountry. West winds up to 10 mph shifting to the north around 10 mph late in the morning, then becoming light early in the afternoon becoming northeast around 10 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 61.2° F
Relative Humidity: 97%
Pressure: 29.81"
Dew Point: 60.3° F

Winds from the North at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.11"
Today: 1.11"

Sunrise: 5:56 AM
Sunset: 6:49 PM
Weather reported from Up Country Maui, Makawao, HI (KHIMAKAW2)
Cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows around 63 at the shore to 48 to 53 upcountry. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs around 87 at the shore to 68 to 74 upcountry. East winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 48 to 70. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 68 to 90. South winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 5:00 AM
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