Where to run in Koloa (Hawaii)

The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to this part of the rugged Napali Coast State Wilderness Park. Originally built in the late 1800s, portions of the trail were rebuilt in the 1930s. A similar foot trail linked earlier Hawaiian settlements along the coastline. The trail traverses five valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach where it is blocked by sheer, fluted cliffs ("pali"). The 11-mile trail is graded but almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi'ai and Kalalau. The first 2 miles of the trail, from Ha'ena State Park to Hanakapi'ai Beach, make a popular day hike. The trail to Hanakapi'ai falls and beyond Hanakapi'ai is recommended for experienced hikers only. Wild goats are often seen along the trail route. The trail begins in Ha'ena State Park at the northwest end of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) about 41 miles from Lihu'e Airport. Leaving vehicles overnight at the trailhead is not recommended.

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