Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail
About Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail on Big Island, Hawaii
Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail is also known as Kawaihae-Anaehoomalu and is often signed Ala Kahakai Trail. This coastal trail is considered to be 175 miles long from the north tip of the Big Island to the south tip and beyond along the southeast shore including through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It always follows the shoreline or close to it, but the trail is not walkable for the entire length as it passes through some private lands where the state does not have easements. Hopefully someday it will be a long continuous backpacking route. For now it’s a collection of many different day-hiking segments.
This trail meanders through both remote and heavily populated places. In the resorts north of Kailua-Kona you’ll find well-signed segments through the resorts like Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani, Waikoloa, and Hualalai. In remote places north and south of Kona the Ala Kahakai Trail gets you to seldom seen beaches. If you hike this trail, don’t venture off it onto private property. Just continue through from trailhead to trailhead or the destination.
The Ala Kahakai Coastal Trail was created many years ago by fishermen following the shore and by villagers walking between coastal villages. Many of the fixed walking stones and rock walls that lined the original path still remain. This historic route passes by ancient structures, fishponds, anchialine pools, and natural features like caves and queen’s baths. Don’t disturb any walls or rock piles that you encounter along the way.
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