Ke Ala Hele Makalae


Register for free!

Register for free with TrailLink today!

We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors
  • View over 30,000 miles of trail maps
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your own favorite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Leave reviews for trails
  • Add new and edit existing trails

Ke Ala Hele Makalae Facts

States: Hawaii
Counties: Kauai
Length: 7.3 miles
Trail end points: Lydgate State Park and Ahihi Point
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6383426
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Ke Ala Hele Makalae Description

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 eastern shoreline for 17 miles from Nawiliwili to Anahola on the island of Kauai (also known as the "Garden Isle").

The rail-trail partially follows a former railroad line once used to haul the island's sugarcane. Today, the route offers access to parks, beaches, and coastal communities. A highlight of the trail is Lydgate Park, which houses two lagoons protected by a stone seawall offering calm waters for ocean swimming and snorkeling, as well as picnic pavilions, tent campsites, and a playground.

All along the trail, nearly two dozen interpretive signs share information about local archeological, cultural and historic sites; the native names of streams and canals; the plants and animals that can be seen here (including whales and monk seals); and many more topics unique to the area.

Currently, just over 7 miles of path are completed in two disconnected segments. One section connects Lydgate 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 and restrooms are available at the north end of Lydgate Park (off Nalu Road).

For the northern segment, parking and restrooms are available at Waipouli Beach Park at the Lihi Boat Ramp on Kaloloku Road, as well as at Kapaa Beach Park at the end of Niu Street.


Ke Ala Hele Makalae Reviews

I've been focused on cultivating use of this path system for 20 years. The Trail Link maps don't yet show some recent expansions of the system. There is about 0.5 miles of path spur that crosses Kuhio Highway and goes up Kawaihau Road, and the path extends from the Lihi Park end point indicated about 0.7 miles south to the Uhelekawawa Canal bridge.

I really loved the trail today, but the fact that it is not connected from one section to the next makes it less than ideal. A very beautiful ride though, and easily done wit the loaner bikes from the Hilton Garden Inn.

I admit, I'm biased when it comes to Kauai. That being said, this trail is amazing. It skirts the east coast of the island. We rented bikes at Coconut Coasters and rode the trail a few times back and forth. We also took a side trip to the Spaulding Monument, up Kealia Road. While the monument is not much to see, the uphill climb is worth it for the view. It's a great spot for a picnic too. We rode the trail in 2010 when it was only 4 miles long. I guess we'll just have to go back and ride it again.


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 park where we were staying and managed to get through the small spot where there is no trail just fine.

Once past Long's Drugs, there is a small section of highway and sidewalk to ride until it picks back up at Kapaa Shores.

My 12 year old who barely rides a bike at home did just fine on this journey.

Whether walking, riding a bike, pushing a stroller, I highly recommend taking advantage of this path during any visit you make to Kauai.

I for one will do what I can to help support the completion of this project.


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 great beaches with picnic areas and restrooms. Not very crowded and great places to hang out or beach if you want. For those who like mountain biking, the paved trail ends and goes into a dirt trail on the north end that looked like it would be fun for mountain bikes. Most of the bike shops also have mountain bikes for rent as well as coasters.

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 lines to ride or walk with fresh tropical breezes swaying the coconut trees high above. As you continue north, the path starts to slightly elevate just north of Kapaa HI which makes for perfect whale, turtle and dolphin watching points all along Kealia Kai.
The path is non vehicular and not at all crowded. Restrooms and rest areas with picnic tables every .5-1 mile.
Biking the path is how I travel and I recommend Coconut Coasters in Kapaa if you need to rent a bike. This path is good for all skill levels and is easy to navigate.


We rode this path in March 2009 and again in March 2010. It is now 4.5 miles long starting in Kapa'a and heading north right at the water's edge. Bike rentals, meals, hotels, and great shopping are easily available in Kapa'a. The trail goes alongside beaches and cliffs, so you can also stop for a swim. The path also passes a public pool right by Coconut Coasters Bike Rentals. There are several pavilions along the trail for a picnic lunch. Many families enjoy biking and walking on this excellent trail. Folks we talked to had spotted a whale that day, and another found a newly born monk seal at the north end of the trail. Even on a quiet day, the views are magnificent.

I was on this trail last week and it will be fantastic when finished. The trail runs along the beach on the eastern side of the island of Kauai and the views are magnificent. Another 2 mile segment is just about to open which will make the path 4.5 miles long. in addition there is a two mile path in lydgate state park that is very good. This path ends about two miles from the south end of the Kapa'a path. thus when conected next year the path will be about 8.5 miles long. There are rental shops near the Kapa'a trail.

Today the road between lydgate and Kapa'a is too dangerous for most people to ride on.

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Nearby Trails

Ka'ena Point Trail

Hawaii - 4.75 miles

The Ka'ena Point Trail occupies the right-of-way of the old O'ahu Railway and Land Company that once transported sugar cane along the westernmost...

Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path

Hawaii - 2.8 miles

The Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path, offering a lush, well-shaded route with gorgeous beach views, is one of the most heavily used trails on Oahu. The paved...

Malaekahana Bike and Pedestrian Path

Hawaii - 1.2 miles

The Malaekahana Bike and Pedestrian Path, set in a lush rural area between the sea and the Ko'olau mountains, provides an important link between Laie...


Pearl Harbor Bike Path

Hawaii - 5.2 miles

The Pearl Harbor Bike Path starts just beyond the Arizona Memorial parking lot and Pearl Harbor Marina. A new extension has been constructed, and the...

Ala Moana Park Path

Hawaii - 1.9 miles

The Ala Moana Park Path is situated beautifully with a sandy beach on one side and lively downtown Honolulu on the other. Two busy boat harbors sit at...

Ala Wai Canal Promenade

Hawaii - 1.9 miles

The Ala Wai Canal Promenade is situated in a lively shopping, dining and resort area not far from the beautiful Waikiki Beach on the southern coast of...

North Shore Greenway

Hawaii - 2.2 miles

The North Shore Greenway will one day be a 7-mile paved pathway connecting parks, beaches, and the airport along the Maui coastline between the...

Noyo Headlands Park and Ka Kahleh Coastal Trail

California - 5 miles

The Noyo Headlands Park and Ka Kahleh Coastal Trail runs alongside the magnificent coastal cliffs of Fort Bragg, offering locals and visitors alike...

Ten Mile Beach Trail (MacKerricher Haul Road Trail)

California - 3.8 miles

The scenic Ten Mile Beach Trail, also referred to by locals as the MacKerricher Haul Road Trail, is part of an old road used to transport lumber from...

Dennis Wendt Memorial Trail

California - 0.7 miles

The Dennis Wendt Memorial Trail is the brainchild on Sean Swanson, a Fortuna resident, who had been working with the homeless population who...

Fortuna Riverwalk

California - 2 miles

The trail begins on Sandy Prairie Road, just north of its intersection with Drake Hill Road, and heads north, passing by open fields and farmlands as...

Eureka Waterfront Trail

California - 6.5 miles

Northern California's Eureka Waterfront Trail is located along the shore of Humboldt Bay, stretching 6.5 miles from the former Eureka Holmes Lumber...

Download the TrailLink mobile app and take TrailLink with you!
Support TrailLink and the Trails You Love in 2020!
Get a FREE guidebook when you join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy!

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Log in with Google


Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!

Register with Google