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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
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows around 67 at the shore to around 55 upcountry. South winds 10 to 15 mph.
Temperature: 63.3° F
Relative Humidity: 79%
Pressure: 28.34"
Dew Point: 56.7° F

Winds from the South at 5.8 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:52 AM
Sunset: 5:46 PM
Weather reported from Mokuahi, Makawao, HI (KHIMAKAW11)
Haze in the morning. Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 85 at the shore to 62 to 73 upcountry. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows around 66 at the shore to 49 to 55 upcountry. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 53 to 80. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 44 to 66. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph early in the morning.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:17 AM
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