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La Perouse Bay to Cap Hanamanioa

  3.8 ( 5 ) Favorite


2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer loop
100% Runnable


Ascent: 73' 22 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 62' 19 m
Low: 4' 1 m


Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)


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Incredible coast walk with scenery and history galore.

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Features Swimming · Views


This run tours the southern edge of La Perouse Bay along Maui's most recent lava flow of 1790. It is full of history and vistas. Great views of the nearby island of Kahoolawe.

Need to Know

Little shade, no water, good swimming but the water can get rough in the afternoon.

Runner Notes

This lava trail is a bit more crushed and smooth than many. Though not very safe for ankles, it's not the worst option if you feel compelled to run on lava...


Though this follows black lava with very little shade, it's often quite windy here (especially after 10am), and being right next to the sea makes it feel fairly comfortable. Bring lots of water and good footwear though!

Just after the start, pass by ruins of ancient Hawaiian structures. Trails have been in use for hundreds of years here - imagine running on these with bare feet! Pass the structures, plus some neat arches and a small blowhole in the lava right next to the sea.

You'll have a short break through a forested section, but the rest of the run traverses crushed lava. It's not nearly as rough as some other lava trails, but watch your footing. If you venture off trail for a better look, be extremely careful - everything is razor sharp and tends to shift underfoot.

Enjoy magnificent views the entire way and retrace your steps when you've had enough.

Flora & Fauna

The sea is teeming with life. The lava... not so much!

History & Background

The lava here flowed in 1790, and was the last burp of Haleakala. Parts of the trail, including the King's Highway AKA Hoapili Trail were rebuilt between 1824-1840 (which makes even the rebuilt trail quite historic!).

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Apr 30, 2019
Lauren Labat
Fun first time 1mi
Feb 14, 2019
Zach No1
Beautiful landscape! Very rocky if your not prepared for the adventure. Definitely need to loosen up the anchles for this one. Watch your step! 7.5mi — 1h 00m
Jun 25, 2018
Andrey Sychev
I am not sure why this is a featured run on Maui. Its short (1.6 miles end to end) the last .6 miles are virtually unrunnable unless you’re a goat. 1.6mi
Oct 31, 2016
Parker Smith 2

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  3.8 from 5 votes


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Goats in the lava flow.
Apr 22, 2015 near Kēōkea, HI
The hot, black highway to Kanaio Beach.  Pretty much like this the whole way... exposed, loose lava.
Apr 19, 2015 near Kēōkea, HI
That's about as much vegetation as you'll find on the King's Highway!
Apr 19, 2015 near Kēōkea, HI
Amazing views of the 1790 lava flow (black fingers coming down the mountain) - the last on Maui.
Apr 19, 2015 near Kēōkea, HI
Rugged landscape with beautiful views
Apr 19, 2015 near Kēōkea, HI
Pretty spectacular scenery...
Apr 19, 2015 near Kēōkea, HI


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