Time: 1-1.5 HOURS
Distance: 2 MILES
Elevation Gain: NEGLIGIBLE
Foot Traffic: LOW
Challenges: Uneven footing and sharp rock
Sights: Blowholes, Kaho'olawe, Pu'u Pehe
What to Bring: Closed toed shoes, Water
A short coastal trail located on the southern part of Lana'i, this easy hike is a great way to get the blood flowing while taking in a little bit of history. As you walk along this rocky trail you will pass what remains of this old fishing village, including some housing structures and temples. There's a lot of scenery to see as well, including the island of Kaho'olawe, some beautiful cliffs, and even some blowholes. This little trail is a great way to begin or end your day on Lana'i.
After a sunrise hike at Pu'u Pehe (AKA Sweetheart Rock), Danielle and I decided to continue our active morning with a stroll on the other hiking trail nearby, Fisherman's Trail. While there wasn't much to the trail in terms of physical difficulty, its beauty and its proximity to the coast made this a pleasant start to our day.
The trail is an out and back along Lanai's southern coast. If you are staying at the Four Seasons, you can simply walk down to Hulopo'e beach, take a right and reach the trailhead. If you aren't staying there, you can park at Hulopo'e Beach Park to begin the trail.
Ah what a great cool morning for a walk along the coast!
The trail alternates between this beaten down dirt path...
...And rock. Unless you have feet of steel or are willing to risk cutting your feet, I do recommend closed toed shoes. Danielle and I were in slippers (sandals) and we both ended up with a few bumps and scrapes on our feet. Nothing serious, just a bit unpleasant.
But as a whole this trail is not challenging.
All you gotta do is walk, breathe in the ocean air, and take in the sights of this secluded little island.
On your return trip, you will get a great glimpse of Pu'u Pehe. If you're the photog type, this hike would be great to do in the afternoon to get the sun to illuminate this famous landmark. To the right of Pu'u Pehe, is the island of Kaho'olawe, probably the least known of the 8 main Hawaiian islands.
As you make your way along the trail, be sure to pay attention to the shoreline and look for blowholes. I remember seeing three during our walk, but this one was definitely my favorite.
The trail comes to an end when you reach the green of the Manele golf course. Anyone up for a quick nine?
We took a few more photos of the beautiful sea cliffs before beginning our return trip. Daneille and I really enjoyed this short coastal walk, giving us the opportunity to take in even more of Lanai's beauty. But now, it was time for breakfast!
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Also Check Out:
- Visit Maui's post about this trail
- Jason's Travel Blog write up of this trail