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Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > South Kauai
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating8 / 10
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.

Best time to go
November to March


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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
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 64 to 77. Northeast winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 74.5° F
Relative Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 30.03"
Dew Point: 72.1° F

Winds from the ESE at 4.5 mph gusting to 7.4 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.43"

Sunrise: 6:36 AM
Sunset: 6:07 PM
Weather reported from Princeville Unit 3, Princeville, HI (KHIPRINC7)
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 75 to 86. Northeast winds around 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 62 to 75. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Haze. Highs 76 to 86. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 60 to 74. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:15 PM
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