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Austere beauty, ancient ruins, and an escape from the crowds--but beware the rough terrain and the heat!

The King's Highway (aka Hoapili Trail) a network of sorts of hiking trails that follow a rugged... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2018
Wayfarer909
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New York City, New York
Great hike

This a good hike. We saw a lot of people wearing sandals/tennis shoes, and we also saw parts of... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
Victor T
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This intermediate to advanced scenic hiking trail was built over a lava flow that occurred in the late 1700s, making the trek somewhat rugged in certain sections.
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

This road was breathtaking. I live near the Smoky Mtns. and have enjoyed many beautiful drives around my area, but until I traveled down the King's Highway I had never before had my breath taken by such splendor. The road takes you along the coast,...More

3  Thank BrittanyGolden
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

This hike defies ratings. It is tough, demanding, dangerous, and ends with a real payoff - a beautiful wild secluded black sand beach. Don't bother if you are physically or mentally weak, as you are taking a real risk. Out of shape don't bother,,,fit and...More

2  Thank coalharborvan
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Reviewed 13 September 2018

The King's Highway (aka Hoapili Trail) a network of sorts of hiking trails that follow a rugged, unspoiled stretch of Hawaiian coast, frequently paralleling or traversing barren lava fields, the youngest on Maui. The trail is believed to be one of the few surviving remnants...More

1  Thank Wayfarer909
Reviewed 14 August 2018

This a good hike. We saw a lot of people wearing sandals/tennis shoes, and we also saw parts of shoes left in the rocky/volcanic trail. One should really wear heavy shoes or hiking boots. The views are fantastic. Take the safety warning seriously.

Thank Victor T
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

That trail is partially on the last lava flow on the Valley Isle. La Peruse is awesome. The sandals from the ABC & A To Z stores will be shredded in minutes and then your hike is all pau. I lived on Maui from August...More

1  Thank fredrickunverzagt1
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This was a great hike. About 2/3 of a mile follows the coast & there are many amazing views. Once the lava trail starts you will need very solid footer wear. We were glad we had hiking boots. Bring plenty of water... There is no...More

Thank SaraBeth55
Reviewed 24 May 2016

This hike defies ratings. It is tough, demanding, dangerous, and ends with a real payoff - a beautiful wild secluded black sand beach. Don't bother if you are physically or mentally weak, as you are taking a real risk. Out of shape don't bother,,,fit and...More

2  Thank coalharborvan
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Hot. Rocky. Hot. Worth it. Taking the trail off of the coast was a dicey one due to the uneven ground, but it was a unique and worthwhile hike to the next coast where there are swings and, if you're lucky, seals! Bring water!

3  Thank Tim W
Reviewed 29 December 2015

Drive as far south as you can and park beside beach then walk as far as comfortable along lava rocks and past lovely bays. If it's windy it's a nice relief as it can be very hot. Take extra water. Highly recommended.

Thank Mick N
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Four stars for the interesting trail unlike anything that you probably have been on, two stars for the difficulty, heat and wind. Overall 3 stars. I thought that it would be interesting to take a hike on this old Hawaiian ‘Highway’ that once circled Maui....More

1  Thank Ono O
Reviewed 22 April 2015

I haven't been on this hike very recently but last time I went it was very hot. A lot of it has no shade and so be prepared with plenty of water and sun screen. If you walk across some of the lava you can...More

1  Thank jazz15
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Park in the La Perouse Bay lot. You can hike about 2/3 a mile that goes through woods into the start of the miles and miles of lava fields. Anything beyond this is a multi-day hike and you need to plan accordingly.

2  Thank Dan P
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