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Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > South Kauai
Summary
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating8 / 10
TypeBeach
The trail travels from the Shipwrecks Beach on the Ke-one-loa Bay to the more remote Mahaulepu Beach near the Kawai-loa Bay. The trail helps you discover sea cliffs, tide pools, local plants, dunes and carved lava formations. The beach has also been the sight of a famous battle that took place in the 1300s. The Shipwrecks Beach got its name from a shipwreck that took place in the 1970s.

Begin the hike with a walk on the Shipwrecks beach heading towards the Maka-wehi Point - the sand dunes found at the southern part of the beach. Continue walking along the coastline and you will find the Pa'a Dunes ahead. The winter season will help you spot humpback whales and green sea turtles. While walking on the beach, you will see limestone formations on the right of a small bay. There is a footpath that goes round the bay - take the path and head towards the Punahoa Point. These are the oldest sand dunes on the coast formed some 350,000 years ago.

The trail next passes under a canopy of tall Kiawe trees that lead to a junction. Head straight and you directly reach the Mahaulepu Beach. Go northeast and start climbing the path to Kamala Point. The trail officially ends at the northeast end of Ka-wai-loa Bay. But several people carry on their journey to the Papa-mo-i Point.
Users
Hikers

Best time to go
November to March

Cost
None

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 52.406' N
159° 26.136' W

Driving Directions:
You need to drive on the Hwy. 50 to reach Koloa Road on Hwy. 530 and keep going to Poipu Road. Turn right and take the left branch towards the ocean to reach the Shipwrecks Beach, which is in front of the Grand Hyatt Kauai.
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Weather Report for Koloa, HI
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 78 to 87. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 87.6° F
Relative Humidity: 70%
Pressure: 30.08"
Dew Point: 76.6° F

Winds from the NNW at 1.1 mph gusting to 4.9 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.04"

Sunrise: 5:56 AM
Sunset: 7:24 PM
Weather reported from Haena, Hanalei, HI (KHIHANAL3)
Forecast
Tonight
Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 62 to 75. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 78 to 87. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 62 to 75. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Wednesday
Breezy. Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 78 to 87. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 6/26/2017 12:27 AM
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