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Punaluu Coastal Trail

Hawaii > The Big Island > Naalehu
Length2 mi
Elev. Gain90 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
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.

Best time to go
Middle of December to the middle of March


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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 clear. Haze. Lows 53 to 70. West winds up to 10 mph.
Temperature: 70.3° F
Relative Humidity: 59%
Pressure: 29.95"
Dew Point: 55.6° F

Winds from the NW at 3.7 mph gusting to 10.6 mph

Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:46 AM
Sunset: 5:45 PM
Weather reported from Kohala Boulevard, Ocean View, HI (KHIOCEAN2)
Mostly sunny. Haze through the day. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 65 to 84. South winds up to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear with isolated showers. Lows 46 to 68. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 63 to 82. Light winds becoming south up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Haze. Lows 46 to 68. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:02 AM
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