The trail around LaPerouse Bay begins at the southwest corner of the parking area. Hike the shoreline trail, or take a short detour around some ancient Hawaiian ruins. The ragged lava shoreline hosts numerous small coves, lava arches, and tidepools. About a half-mile from the trailhead, a gorgeous little white sand beach awaits the first group to stake a claim to it. Enter a shaded grove of ragged trees, littered with the remains of rock walls, and watch for wild goats and pygmy deer.
Emerging from the grove, the trail continues ahead on an abandoned jeep trail, or deviate uphill slightly through a gate to the Hoapili Trail which parallels the shoreline trail for a ways. The Hoapili Trail—also called the King's Highway—is believed to be an old cattle road that Hawaiians would walk barefoot. At a signpost, the Hoapili Trail continues another 2 miles to the secluded Keawanaku Beach, another good snorkeling spot. Staying on the shoreline trail will take you to the western point of Cape Hanamanioa and the southernmost tip of LaPerouse Bay for a 3-mile round trip.
Numerous other faint trails crisscross through the lava fields around LaPerouse, most leading nowhere. Please respect the ruins in the area by staying on the trails.
-Mapped by Eli Boschetto, Bosco Mountain Photo
Trailhead: From Wailea: Drive Makena Alanui Rd. 7 miles south to the parking area at LaPerouse Bay.