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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
Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 46 to 69. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 73.2° F
Relative Humidity: 80%
Pressure: 29.98"
Dew Point: 66.8° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Today: 0.13"

Sunrise: 6:45 AM
Sunset: 6:25 PM
Weather reported from Kohala Boulevard, Ocean View, HI (KHIOCEAN2)
Haze in the morning. Cloudy with occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 65 to 81. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Haze after midnight. Lows 46 to 69. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Showers likely in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 64 to 80. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 46 to 70. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:51 PM
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