Hoapili Trail, Maui HI

• 3-star hike
• 4.1 mile out-and-back
• Easy difficulty | Gain 100 feet
• Maui, HI | Hawaii
• Driving Directions: Trailhead

Makeshift surfer memorial site on the Hoapili Trail.

Despite being the second youngest of the volcanic Hawaiian chain, Maui doesn't see much geological activity these days. However, the Hoapili Trail will take you across one of the most recent signs of activity on the island, across 200 year old lava beds to a secluded beach.

From the trailhead hike through patches of kiawe woodland and beaches scattered with sand and white coral, contrasting starkly with the black of the lava outcroppings. Eventually and suddenly the vegetation stops - a telling sign that you're on the newest of the lava beds - and take a sharp left turn through a gate before proceeding on through fields of barren lava formations.

Hoapili Trail

Hoapili Trail 3★
4.1 mi, Out & Back, Easy, Gain 100ft
Trailspotting Map at AllTrails

The desolation of the lava fields ends at Kanaio Beach where you can take a rest on a makeshift bench swing and look out onto the ocean in the hope of spotting one of the spinner dolphins which frequent this area of the coast.

On hot days remember to pack plenty of water, and always check the weather before setting out for the trailhead to avoid flash flooding. Also, despite what you may read elsewhere South Makena Road is paved throughout and is completely suitable for all vehicles including rental cars, which are restricted against traveling on some other roads on Maui.

• Trail Links: Public Map at AllTrails
• Facebook Group: Comment on this article
Bluesky Icon   Facebook Icon    Flipboard Icon   Instagram Icon   Mastadon Icon   RSS Feed Icon   Threads Icon
Subscribe for new trail reviews weekly

Trailspotting is non-commercial, ad-free and for the public good.
Content provided without warranty of accuracy. Copyright © 2005-2024 Stuart Green all rights reserved. Reproduction requires explicit consent.
About Trailspotting.