This coastal hiking area consists of several unmarked coastal trails that interconnect heading east along the ocean between “Shipwreck Beach” and the Maha’ulepu Beach adjacent to the Poipu Bay Golf Course. The 4-mile Mahaulepu Heritage Trail hike contours the rugged coastline with spectacular scenery all the way, but even a short walk at either end of the trail can be rewarding.
The Mahaulepu Heritage trail highlights spectacular wild coast revealing rare oceanfront region of Poipu that remains undeveloped. This is a great way to lose the crowds of Poipu! The trail contours the coast and reveals out of this world rock formations and geology, a testament to the epic dance between volcanic building and oceanic erosion of this southern most coastal point of Kauai. Waves explode on the rocks and ocean spray leaps into the predominant winds vaporizing into mists.
Be very careful along the oceans edge, this is an unprotected region with intense underwater topography so swimming is not recommended. Covered footwear recommended as the terrain has many jagged rock features.
Plan for some exposure to the elements when getting ready for this hike. Bring plenty of water, shade hat, sunscreen, snacks and camera. The more self-sufficiently you travel this trail, the more you can indulge in the serenity and solitude this trail can provide.
You can explore this trail from either end, or gear up for the entire round trip adventure. The easiest access is from “Shipwreck’s Beach” and begins from Maka-wehi Point along the tree line left of the beach. The trail is not marked but is noticeable as it parallels the coastal edge, along the ironwood pine trees. Your other option is to drive into the remote Mahaulepu Beach where you will reach the furthest point on the trail to make for a short hike to Kamala Point (spectacular view). From this portion of the trail you will also encounter lithified sand caves, volcanic rock formations, and secluded beaches.