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Punaluu Coastal Trail

Hawaii > The Big Island > Naalehu
Summary
Length2 mi
Elev. Gain90 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeBeach
The trail would pass the ruins of a sugar port, through ancient Hawaiian temples and travel through a lava landscape before ending at a secluded point.

Start the hike at the parking lot of Punaluu Beach at the south end of the beach. Enjoy the Punaluu Black Sand Beach and the green sea turtles sunbathing at the beach. You will pass a pond behind the low sand dune at the north end of the beach to reach the rocky Kahiolo Point. Then head towards the ruins of Punaluu Landing which is beyond the boat ramp at the Kahiolo Point. Follow the trail as it passes the side of brush-covered shelf at the boat ramp end.

You will soon find the walls of a huge Hawaiian temple on top of the shelf. This temple is called the Punaluu Nui Heiau and the trail crosses the northern end of the temple and takes you into a lava field with remains of housing pavements. Cross the lava field and the end of the last pavement leads you to the storm beach. Beyond the storm beach you will find a turnstile from where the hike will take you through tall bushes and Kiawe trees. At about a quarter of a mile, you will reach the Nahuluhulu Point which is also your go back point.
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Best time to go
Middle of December to the middle of March

Cost
None

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Hike Featured In...
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By Pamela Wright
 
Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 8.036' N
155° 30.196' W

Driving Directions:
You need to drive south on Hwy.11 from Hilo and turn right after about an hour to Punaluu Road. Park you car at the Punaluu Beach parking lot.
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Weather Report for Pahala, HI
Mostly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly clear with scattered showers after midnight. Haze through the night. Lows 52 to 71. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 77.4° F
Relative Humidity: 72%
Pressure: 29.96"
Dew Point: 67.8° F

Winds from the North at 3.7 mph gusting to 5.0 mph

Precipitation
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:18 AM
Sunset: 5:54 PM
Weather reported from Kohala Boulevard, Ocean View, HI (KHIOCEAN2)
Forecast
Sunday
Mostly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers likely in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 68 to 84. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Lows 53 to 74. North winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Partly sunny with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy with showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 70 to 86. South winds around 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. 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 53 to 73. Northwest winds around 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:07 PM
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