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Ke Ala Hele Makālae

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Ke Ala Hele Makālae

What: Scenic, paved trail for walking, jogging and biking
Where: East Side (Royal Coconut Coast), Kauaʻi

Along Kauaʻi’s scenic Royal Coconut Coast is a paved trail perfect for walking, jogging and bike riding. Called Ke Ala Hele Makālae (Hawaiian for “The Path that Goes by Coast”), this convenient trail currently covers eight miles in two segments.

Whether you take the stretch from Lydgate Beach Park to Wailua Beach Park or start in Kapaʻa and head to Ahihi Point, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy lovely views. Get an early start and catch the sunrise. Or, spend a sunny afternoon strolling by Kauaʻi’s many beautiful eastside beaches. You can also rent bicycles in Kapaʻa Town where stores are next to the trail.

Since Ke Ala Hele Makālae is separate from the highway, it’s safe for keiki (children). It’s also relatively flat and easy to traverse. Strollers and wheelchairs will find easy access from parking lots along Kūhiō Highway, just south of Keālia Beach.

Whether you walk, jog or bike, you’ll discover lots of educational information to enjoy along the way. There are dozens of interpretive signs along the trail sharing information about local archaeological, cultural and historic sites. From December through March, you may even catch sightings of whales and monk seals.

Getting Here

To access the southern end of the trail, parking and restrooms are available at Lydgate Beach Park (off Nalu Road).

For the northern end of the trail, parking and restrooms are available at Waipouli Beach Park at the Lihi Boat Ramp on Kaloloku Road. Parking is also available at Kapaʻa Beach Park at the end of Niu Street.

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