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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 cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Isolated showers. Lows around 70 at the shore to 54 to 60 upcountry. East winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Temperature: 65.5° F
Relative Humidity: 94%
Pressure: 28.42"
Dew Point: 63.7° F

Winds from the SSE at 0.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Today: 0.05"

Sunrise: 6:23 AM
Sunset: 5:56 PM
Weather reported from Mokuahi, Makawao, HI (KHIMAKAW11)
Sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs around 86 at the shore to 68 to 76 upcountry. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows around 71 at the shore to 55 to 61 upcountry. Light winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 67 to 86. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 51 to 73. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:14 PM
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