Kohala Kai Shoreline Access
About Kohala Kai Shoreline Access on Kohala & North Island, Hawaii
Kohala Kai Shoreline Access is a parking lot with just three parking spaces in front of the gated Kohala Kai development (yet to be built out). This area is a great place for hikers to explore the Big Island’s remote northwest shore.
The shoreline here is like most of the North Kohala District with lava cliffs and loose rocks, however it has trails for hiking. The best trail begins about 100 yards north of the Kohala Kai entrance behind a guardrail on Highway 270. From there it descends on a singletrack trail that connects to an old road. Turning right on the road leads to a rocky creek bed and turning left goes to the shoreline at Kapae Gulch (go that way).
The shore at Kapae Gulch is nothing more than a rocky water access so it’s not much of a destination. From there the path is harder to find but it goes south past a couple tiny coves and some ancient Hawaiian structures. It finally ends next to homes in the Kohala Waterfront development. There’s a crude map of the entire hike at the parking lot (see our picture of it).
- Kailani Pl
Waimea, HI 96743
- Other Names
- Kapae Gulch
- Limited free parking
- Hiking, Whale Watching, Scuba Diving
- Trails, Historical Sites
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