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King's Highway

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SMO2015 wrote a review Dec 2019
Canada1,885 contributions591 helpful votes
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My husband and I did a fast hike near sunset along the King’s Highway. A sacred ground on a backdrop of lava flow. You can see the bones and offering (not to touch) along the way. Lava rocks can absorb heat, so be mindful of the heat and wear sunscreen or journey during early morning or evening. Footing can be a bit tricky, but an overall worthwhile there-and-back hike.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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TMulli wrote a review Nov 2019
Louisville, Kentucky22 contributions1 helpful vote
Terrain is lava rock, footing is not the best. Definitely wear closed toed shoes or boots. Take your time and bring water. Pretty long hike to a so-so beach. Probably just going to the light beacon is enough. Did see a monk seal on the beach there so that made the hike worth it. It was molting, not Injured, so don’t let picture disturb you.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Mauithegreat wrote a review Sep 2019
La Mirada California79 contributions39 helpful votes
I visit this attraction while I was in Maui last month. I actually had visited other times but didn't reviewed it. It's a great experience walking on top and listening to the sound of the waves.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Kelsey P wrote a review Apr 2019
Louisiana96 contributions10 helpful votes
Parts have little trails to start you off, but on areas without vegetation, you just have to guess and tread carefully. You would do best to wear hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, and wear your sunscreen! Shade is not always accessible. Not too far from the black sand beach at the Waiʻanapanapa State Park you can watch the waves shoot up the blow holes.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Wayfarer909 wrote a review Sep 2018
New York City, New York87 contributions152 helpful votes
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 of what was once an extensive footpath, built during the 16th century rule of Piʻilani, intended to promote trade, the levying of taxes, and faster communication. While much of the old hand-laid rock roadway has long ago been paved over or swallowed by the jungle, traces still exist today, including this stretch. This hike is not for everyone-certainly not for adrenaline junkies: no heights to scale here, as the trail is largely at sea level. Its beauty is of the austere variety, with bleak lava at times stretching to the horizon, and the untamed Pacific crashing against the shore. It does sport spectacular views of Haleakala, of the sea, of barely visible remains of sacred Hawaiian structures, and a good chance of encountering dolphin, birdlife and feral goats. And because it is not on the tourist circuit, it offers the increasingly rare commodity of peace and seclusion. It is possible to follow the coast all the way or to turn further inland across the lava fields, either way eventually arriving at a windswept lighthouse with great views of the island and the ocean. Either way, get a very early start to avoid the midday heat, bring lots of sun screen and lots of water. Lava, of course, is very sharp--so wear hiking boots! The hike is largely exposed and the sun can be brutal. But for a taste of unspoiled Hawaii, a glimpse into the past, and welcome tranquility, it is highly recommended. And as an added bonus, there is excellent snorkeling off the trail.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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