Kahakuloa Head (Pu’u Koa’e)

Explore Kahakuloa Head, Maui’s hidden gem with dramatic cliffs, ocean views, and rich history tied to Hawaiian royalty. Ideal visit: April-October.

Kahakuloa Head (Pu'u Koa'e) is a Heritage Site located in the city of Kahakuloa on Maui, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Kahakuloa Head (Pu’u Koa’e) is a stunning and remote attraction located in the quaint village of Kahakuloa on Maui, Hawaii. This 636-foot (194 m) hill offers breathtaking scenery and a rich history, making it a must-see for visitors seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.
  • Highlights: The dramatic sea cliffs and panoramic views of the ocean set Kahakuloa Head (Pu’u Koa’e) apart from other sites on Maui. Its remote location and challenging access road make it a unique destination for adventurous travelers.
  • Activities: While the trail to the top of Kahakuloa Head (Pu’u Koa’e) is narrow and dangerous, visitors can still enjoy scenic drives along the Kahekili Highway, explore the nearby village of Kahakuloa, and take in the stunning views from the base of the hill.
  • Information: Kahakuloa Head (Pu’u Koa’e) is accessible year-round, with no specific opening hours or entrance fees. However, the best time to visit is during the dry season, from April to October, when the weather is more favorable for exploring the area.
  • History & Significance: Kahakuloa Head (Pu’u Koa’e) is believed to have been one of King Kahekili’s favorite cliff-diving spots in the mid-1700s. The hill is also known as Kahekili’s Leap, showcasing its historical importance and connection to the ancient Hawaiian royalty.
  • Tips & Insights: When visiting Kahakuloa Head (Pu’u Koa’e), be prepared for a challenging drive along the narrow, winding Kahekili Highway. Renting a four-wheel drive vehicle and driving cautiously is highly recommended. Additionally, make sure to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views and consider stopping at the nearby Kahakuloa Village for a taste of local culture.

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