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Hoapili Trail & La Perouse Bay

Hawaii > Maui > Makawao
Summary
Length5.5 mi
Elev. Gain200 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating8 / 10
TypeView
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.
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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 Kula, HI
Mostly cloudy. Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows around 66 at the shore to 50 to 56 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 69.4° F
Relative Humidity: 88%
Pressure: 30.02"
Dew Point: 66.0° F

Winds from the ESE at 4.0 mph gusting to 14.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.02"

Sunrise: 6:50 AM
Sunset: 6:27 PM
Weather reported from Haiku, Maui Upper West Kuiaha Road, Haiku-Pauwela, HI (KHIHAIKU4)
Forecast
Friday
Haze in the morning. Partly sunny with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 83 at the shore to 60 to 70 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 65 at the shore to 50 to 55 upcountry. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday
Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 54 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. Lows 47 to 69. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:54 PM
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