Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail runs for 175 miles, meandering around the Big Island of Hawaii. It is not a continuous trail but rather a series of long segments that can be accessed at various points along the coast. In fact, ala Kaha Kai is Hawaiian for shoreline trail. The sights you will encounter along the way combine the unrivaled beauty of the mountains and oceanside with the unique history of Hawaii.

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On the Ala Kahakai trail, you will encounter Ahupua'a, which are traditional divisions between the mountains and the sea. Although the lands it passes through are both public and private, visitors have access to many resorts and beaches along the way. Take note, however, that some sections receive limited maintenance, and only one segment offers official signage. 

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How To Get To Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail has several entry points. The most popular access point is at the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, but you can begin anywhere you like. To enter at Hapuna Beach, Holoholokai Beach Park, the Mauna Lani Resort, Waikoloa Resort, or Puako Boat Ramp, take Highway 19. If you would like to access the trail from Spencer County Beach Park, take Highway 270. 

The trail is open from sunrise to sunset on most days. If you're visiting during a holiday period, check the website to make sure there are no exceptions in effect.


Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, 73-4786 Kanalani Street, #14, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail provides a great opportunity for RVers to get out and explore the Big Island. Because of the multiple entry points, it is usually easy to find a place to park the rig and begin your adventure. Between the natural splendor and the historic artifacts, the trail represents a true slice of old Hawaii.