The 1871 Trail to Kiʻilae Village
Explore beyond the Royal Grounds and Puʻuhonua and hike the 1871 Trail to Kiʻilae village. This two-mile (round trip) hike takes you along coastal cliffs as you pass by numerous ancient and historic sites. See the dramatic Keanaeʻe cliffs and the ingenuity of the Alahaka Ramp all while taking in the ocean's beauty.
The 1871 Trail is just one section of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. This 175-mile long trail corridor traverses from the northernmost tip of the island, along its western edge, around its southern tip and into Puna, the island's most eastern district. The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail works with partners around the island to preserve ancient, historic, and modern connector trails so that we, and future generations, can continue walking in the footsteps of the ancestors.
From the Visitor Center: Take the stairs to the left of the Visitor Center and follow the path through the lava rock. Take your first left onto the lava rock trail. Just after this short connector trail crosses the road, you will arrive at the trailhead.
Plan a Safe Hike
As you plan your hike on the 1871 Trail, please remember to consider safety. This hike takes you over rugged lava rock, along coastal cliffs, and through areas completely exposed to the harsh Hawaiʻi sun. These safety tips will help you have a safe and responsible hike so that future visitors can enjoy the park to its fullest!
Bring Water & Stay Hydrated
A waterbottle filling station is available by the restrooms at the Visitor Center.
Wear Sturdy Footwear
The hike traverses over rugged, uneven lava rock. Sturdy footwear is recommended.
Use Sun Protection
Most areas along the 1871 Trail are completely exposed to the sun. The best way to protect yourself is with a hat and clothing with sun protection. If you choose to use sunscreens, make sure they're "reef-safe." Visit our Snorkeling Page for more information on reef-friendly sun protection.
Stay on Marked Trails
For your safety and the safety of cultural sites, please stay on marked trails.
Give Wildlife Their Space
Observing wildlife is one of the great joys of hiking, but remember to give them their space and never feed wildlife.
Help Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park preserve and protect the backcountry areas in the park by adhering to the following restrictions. For more information on park rules and regulations visit the Management page to view the Superintendent's Compendium.
Last updated: May 26, 2020