Discovering Kapalua's Best Hiking Trails

Posted by Mapuana Andrade on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 at 7:01am

From the lush mountain slopes to the sparkling shore, Kapalua boasts miles of paths to explore. Discover trails for every type of hiker and adventure-seeking visitor while witnessing a colorful abundance throughout the countryside.

Mahana Ridge Trail

The ultimate journey that takes you to stunning Maunalei Arboretum, home to a plethora of native trees, animals, and flora. The arboretum and the center of Kapalua Resort are both connected by this mountain ridge walk. Hikers travel over mountainous territory with beautiful views of Mokupe‘a and Honokahua Gulches near land formerly used to produce coffee and pineapple during the Honolua Ranch era. If you decide that doing only half the hike is more your speed, the reservoir along the path is the most popular turning point for visitors. 

From the Kapalua Village Center, you can reach the 10+ mile round trip trail. It's important to note that hikers should have enough water and food, and efficient sun protection. The best days to visit this hike are on especially sunny days to ensure the path is dry and not muddy. 

Village Walking Trails

The old Village Golf Club is home to the Village Walking Trails, with many connected paths that are perfect for enjoying Kapalua’s gorgeous scenery. Those who make it to the summit will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic vistas and a secret lake filled with ducks. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the trails from 7 am to sunset from the Kapalua Village Center. Remember to stay on the marked paths and leave them better than you arrived. The native land surrounding the area is fragile and must stay protected in order to remain accessible to future generations. 

Kapalua Coastal Trail

The stunning Kapalua Coastal Trail is perfect for those looking for an easy morning stroll or short afternoon jot. The trail extends north from Kapalua Bay Beach to popular D.T. Fleming Beach Park at the ocean's edge across the Kapalua Resort. You are greeted by crystal clear beaches at both ends. This trail is one of the easiest to access with entrance options including Kapalua Bay, The Bay Villas, Oneloa Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, or D.T. Fleming Beach Park. Be on the lookout for our native ‘ua‘u kani, or seabird, returning to the island to raise their young who rest along the shore. These birds are protected by federal law, along with other animals, so we ask you to always remember to be respectful and admire them from a safe distance. 


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