Climb to the top of the Ancient Kahakuloa Head

Tom’s experience climbing Kahakuloa Head:

Kahakuloa Head is a steep hill outside of the quaint village of Kahakuloa in Maui. Getting to the trailhead requires a short drive along a treacherous bit of highway.
Climb Kahakuloa Head

The trailhead is a dirt pullout right next to the highway overlooking the steep ocean coastline along northern Maui past the Nakalele Blowhole if you come from the west.

Hawaii Kahakuloa Head

There is no real trail to the summit of the Kahakuloa Head so you will have to bush wack and crawl under bushes some. The trail is very steep and nearly vertical in some areas. At the summit there is a survey marker to let you know you made it.

Kahakuloa Head Hawaii

Getting down is more difficult than getting up. The grass you are hiking through is often moist from dew or rain and the hill is so steep it is easy to slide down.

Maui Kahakuloa Head

Be careful if you try to climb this. Legend has it that King Kahekili would climb 200 feet up the Kahakuloa Head and then dive into the rough and shallow waters below.

Kahakuloa Head Maui

The summit of Kahakuloa is 646 feet above sea level.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trailhead is easy to find but difficult to reach. From the Nakalele Blowhole, continue along highway 30 until it becomes highway 340. 340 is very narrow in spots but is mostly paved. The trailhead is on the ocean side of the highway after the town of Kahakuloa.


Parking Lot: 20.99848,-156.545691

Kahakuloa Head Summit: 21.000821,-156.545311

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