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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 a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows 62 to 70. West winds around 10 mph.
Temperature: 66.8° F
Relative Humidity: 88%
Pressure: 29.85"
Dew Point: 63.2° F

Winds from the SSE at 2.0 mph gusting to 2.9 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:07 AM
Sunset: 5:56 PM
Weather reported from North Shore of Kauai, Princeville, HI (KHIPRINC1)
Breezy. Cloudy with showers likely in the morning, then partly sunny with chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 73 to 82. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 50 to 62. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 69 to 78. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 53 to 65. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:16 AM
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