The Kaua’i Coastal Path is truly a one-of-a-kind treat that is 100% free to use. Named Ala Hele Makalae, “the path to walk or to go along the coast,” this is an extraordinarily scenic bike/pedestrian path stretching down Kauai’s east side. The 16-mile project, when entirely completed, will span from Nawiliwili to Anahola.
In the spirit of promoting a healthy lifestyle, the path offers a paved, clean, and safe venue for cyclists, runners, and walkers, and is compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). The completed portions of the path are enjoyed immensely by both residents and visitors to Kaua’i. Many people value the path as an alternative transport route, with the added perk of the expansive Pacific Ocean as the scenic backdrop. All along the way, shaded picnic pavilions are situated looking out over the ocean. There are well-maintaned restroom facilities as well.
Here’s how to access the path:
Lydgate Beach Park to Wailua Beach Park:
Begin the path at Lydgate Beach Park or Wailua Beach Park. This section of the path is 2.5 miles.
Lihi Boat Ramp in Kapaa to Ahihi Point in Kealia:
Begin the path at Lihi Boat Ramp in Kapaa (across from the Burger King), Kealia Beach, or the Kealia Kai public parking area. This section of the path is 4.1 miles.
The Kaua’i Coastal Path project began in 1994 when the Hawai’i Department of Transportation completed a master plan to create a 16-mile bike and pedestrian path that would extend from Nawiliwili to Anahola. In 1999, with support of Mayor Marianne Kusaka, the first part of the path was finished. The late Mayor Bryan Baptiste was also a strong supporter of the project, as well as current Mayor and path-advocate Bernard Carvalho. Land donations were made by Kealia Makai Holdings (7.23 acres of Kealia Beach lands), and Kealia Makai Property Owners Assocation (59 acres along Donkey Beach).
When completed, Ala Hele Makalae, “the path to walk or to go along the coast” will be a $30 million dollar project.