Puna Kau Trail to Keauhou Shelter Backpack Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Those with a yen to camp and sun at a wilderness beach may find Keauhou and the two other wilderness beach camping areas along this coast, Halape and Kaaha—formerly Kalue—to their liking. Then, again, they may not; see the Puna-Kau Coast cautions, below. The Puna Kau Trail is the best way to get to both Keauhou and Halape, I think. Day 1 (63/4 miles): Follow the trail south, then southwest over alternating bare lavas and vegetated kipukas to a junction with the Keauhou Trail at 2 miles.
One hopes that now that this is the preferred route to Keauhou, it will be better maintained than formerly! Turn left (south) here on the Keauhou Trail to make a steady, hot, shadeless descent on the pali on a rough trail that may sometimes be overgrown. In a little over 43/4 more miles, you reach Keauhou Shelter. A layover day here will allow you to visit Halape. Or continue to Halape instead of staying at Keauhou (almost 81/2 miles)."