Ke Ala Hele Makalae

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Ke Ala Hele Makalae is Hawaiian for "The Path that Goes by the Coast," and describes this beautiful multi-use path that will eventually follow the coast from Nawiliwili to Anahola on the island of Kauai (also known as the "Garden Isle"). The trail offers access to recreation areas and beautiful beaches along the island's eastern shoreline.

Currently, just over 7 miles of path are completed. One section connects Lydgate State Park to Wailua Beach Park, and the rest links Kapa'a to Ahihi Point. There is a 2-mile gap between the two segments (between Wailua Beach Park and Kapa'a), which you can bridge via road; however, the shoulders are narrow and the highway is busy, so use caution if cycling. Work is in progress to build a trail that links the two segments.

Parking and Trail Access

For the southern segment parking is available at the north end of Lydgate State Park off Nalu Road by the beach and off Kuhio Highway at Wailua Beach Park. For the northern segment parking is available at the southern end by the boat launch (turn east off Kuhio Hwy onto Kaloloku Rd), at the end of Niu Street at the beach and a few more places along Kuhio Hwy north of Kapa'a Beach Park. There is no official parking north of where Cane Haul Road and Kuhio Hwy intersect.


Kauai's BEST kept secret

   January, 2015 by reginafloyd

Enjoyed this path during our 2 week stay in Kauai. What an INCREDIBLE experience. It's beautiful, easy access and leads to access to the most beautiful beaches and views one might not see by car alone. We rented bikes and started in Wailua by Lydgate more

Beautiful bike ride on our last morning in Kauai

   September, 2012 by rjarvis627

Rented 3-speed coaster bikes from Coconut Coasters and road the entire trail. It was a beautiful ride and a great way to spend our last morning in Kauai. We do recommend 3-speed bikes as there are some easy hills that are better in a low gear. Several more

"Most beutiful paved riding/walking trail I have ever seen"

   March, 2010 by melis1964

This all coastal path is being built in segments with the finished sections running from South Kapaa to Donkey Beach (which is a few miles north of Kealia) on Kauai's eastern shores. The path along Kauai's famed Coconut Coast has beautiful wide paved more