Beaches Hikes

The Kapalua Coastal Hike To Maui’s Dragon’s Teeth

The Kapalua Coastal Trail is the perfect reason to leave the posh suites at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, for a quick outdoor adventure. The Dragon’s Teeth are located just beyond the Ritz-Carlton chapel. If coming from the Ritz-Carlton, you’ll follow the pathway that runs parallel to the hedges that mark the boundary for the Honokahua Burial Site. This ancient Hawaiian burial site is home to hundreds of ancient Hawaiian remains and is the primary reason why The Ritz-Carlton is located so far from the shoreline.

As you pass the golf course that sits just in front of the chapel, you’ll begin to notice the jagged structures that make up the coastline. These tufts of volcanic trachyte rock are up to five feet tall. Imagine how gigantic that Hawaiian dragon would have been.

Continue to walk beyond the the Dragon’s Teeth and you will come to a rocky clearing that is perfect to watch explosive waves crash into the ocean walls. Here at Makaluapuna Point you can see the island of Molokai. While you’re there, keep an out of for whales, especially if you’re visiting during the winter months.

The 1.76 mile Kapalau Coastal Trail stretches from Kapalua Bay Beach, pass Namalu Bay, and Oneloa Bay, to D.T. Fleming Beach in Honokahua Bay.

The hedge in the photo below marks the boundary that surrounds the Honokahua Burial Site.


The sandy beach to the far right is D.T. Fleming Beach. A bit of a gloomy day.




Some of the Dragon’s Teeth are very tall….






Found this little labyrinth during our coastal hike. There are a few of these spread throughout Maui.


We found this honu at Makaluapuna Point basking in the sun. Do you see Molokai in the background?


Making our way back to the Ritz-Carlton, one more look at the Dragon’s Teeth.



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1 reply on “The Kapalua Coastal Hike To Maui’s Dragon’s Teeth”

Did you guys happen to see Nakalele Blowhole on the north side of west Maui also? It’s way better than the Halona Blowhole on Oahu.

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