Tom’s experience climbing 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.
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.
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.
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.
The summit of Kahakuloa is 646 feet above sea level.
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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