La Perouse Bay Hoapili Trail

Makena, Hawaii

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The Hoapili Trail is named for a one-time chief and governor of the island of Maui. La Perouse was a French explorer who landed here in 1786, then left without claiming the island for France! A trail known as the King’s Highway circled the whole island in pre-contact times, but this section, among others, was buried by an eruption in the 1700s. Governor Hoapili built the “new” road between 1826 and 1831 to serve a village that has now been abandoned. There are dozens of archeological sites along the way. Please do not disturb them. The hike begins at La Perouse Bay, one of the prettiest on the island with views of Kaho’olawe and Molokini Islands, and ends at Kanaio Beach, though you can go several very difficult miles farther if you wish. The trail is easy to follow, but the footing is very rough. You will want hiking boots—don’t even think about doing this in sandals. Even running shoes will be shredded. It can also get very hot, so take lots of water and sunscreen.
Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

The Hoapili Trail is named for a one-time chief and governor of the island of Maui. La Perouse was a French explorer who landed here in 1786, then left without claiming the island for France! A trail known as the King’s Highway circled the whole island in pre-contact times, but this section, among others, was buried by an eruption in the 1700s. Governor Hoapili built the “new” road between 1826 and 1831 to serve a village that has now been abandoned. There are dozens of archeological sites along the way. Please do not disturb them.

The hike begins at La Perouse Bay, one of the prettiest on the island with views of Kaho’olawe and Molokini Islands, and ends at Kanaio Beach, though you can go several very difficult miles farther if you wish. The trail is easy to follow, but the footing is very rough. You will want hiking boots—don’t even think about doing this in sandals. Even running shoes will be shredded. It can also get very hot, so take lots of water and sunscreen.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Makena
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Makena
Driving Directions: Directions to La Perouse Bay (Hoapili Trail)

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May 2018