East Side Running Locations

(CLICK ON NAME FOR DIRECTIONS TO RUNNING LOCATION)

  1. Kealia Bike Path (4, 6, 10, 14, and 18 miles)
  2. Lydgate Beach Run (3.7 miles)
  3. Lihue Airport Run (6 and 11.6 miles
  4. Kuilau and Moalepe Trail (8.5 miles)
  5. Vidinha Stadium (Track)
  6. Puhi Road to harbor (8.45 miles)

 

DETAILED EXPLANATIONS OF RUNS ARE BELOW IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THEM!

(WHITE LINES ON PHOTOS ARE THE RUNNING ROUTES)

 


KEALIA BIKE PATH

The bike path has many different runs of different distances that we do! These routes are very flat and mostly on cement. One of these routes is the farthest runs that we have found on Kaua'i that does not involve running on the highway. The main routes we run have a distance of 4 miles (6.4 kilometers), 6 miles (9.6 kilometers), 10 miles (16.1 kilometers), 14 miles (22.5 kilometers), or 18 miles (29 kilometers)! When we run the Kealia Bike Path, we always start at Kealia Beach next to the lifeguard tower because there is easy parking and it is nice to jump in the ocean after a run. All the distances above are measured from the Kealia Beach lifeguard tower.

* The 14, and 18 mile routes may get confusing, but once you get them down they are great runs!

  • 4 MILE (6.4 KILOMETER) RUN:

Running Directions:

  • From the lifeguard tower you run to your left (north), so the ocean is on your right side. The 4 mile run is the only run that you turn left from the lifeguard tower. 
  • You run out until the path ends, which is two miles, then run back for a total of 4 miles. This is a nice run if you want a flat 4 mile run with a great view!

 

  • 6 MILE (9.6 KILOMETER) RUN:

Running Directions:

  • From the lifeguard tower you turn right (south), so that the ocean is on your left side.
  • This route follows the bike path all the way until you reach the entrance of the Waipouli Beach Resort.
  • Run directly past the entrances and the cement will turn left.
  • Run down the cement for about 200 meters until you reach the beach. Turn around there and run directly back to where you started for a 6 mile run.

 

  • 10 MILE (16.1 KILOMETER) RUN:

Running Directions:

  • From the lifeguard tower you turn right (south), so that the ocean is on your left side. The 10 mile route is an out and back and is the route that we run the most often when on this path.
  • Follow the bike path until the cement ends at about 3 miles, which is right at the Waipouli Beach Resort front entrance, located off the main highway across from BigSave.
  • Here is where it becomes a little complicated! Run on the dirt/grass along the side of the highway for about a quarter mile until you reach Aleka Loop Road (next to Longs Drugs), which will be on your left. Run on the sidewalk along that road until it pops back out on the highway.
  • Do not cross the highway, just run along it in the grass field full of coconut trees for less then a minute until it ends at Papaloa Road.
  • Run on Papaloa Raod along the sidewalk.
  • This sidewalk will turn into a cement path that goes for a couple miles until it reach the soccer fields at Lydgate State Park. These soccer fields are the 5 mile mark. Turn around at the Lydgate soccer fields and head back for 10 miles!

 

  • 14 MILE (22.5 KILOMETER) RUN:

The 14 mile route is an out and back that involves a total of 2 miles on the sand from about mile 6 to about mile 8. This route is great because it involves a little bit of sand running in the middle. You run the exact same path as the 10 mile route, but only for the first 5 miles to the Lydgate soccer fields.

Running Directions:

  • From the lifeguard tower you turn right (south), so that the ocean is on your left side. 
  • Follow the bike path until the cement ends at about 3 miles, which is right at the Waipouli Beach Resort front entrance, located off the main highway across from BigSave.
  • Run on the dirt/grass along the side of the highway for about a quarter mile until you reach Aleka Loop Road (next to Longs Drugs), which will be on your left.
  • Run on the sidewalk along that road until it pops back out on the highway. Do not cross the highway, just run along it in the grass field full of coconut trees for less then a minute until it ends at Papaloa Road.
  • Run on Papaloa Raod along the sidewalk.
  • This sidewalk will turn into a cement path that goes for a couple miles until it reach the soccer fields at Lydgate State Park. These soccer fields are the 5 mile mark.
  • Once you reach the Lydgate soccer fields, you follow the cement path through the middle of the fields.
  • Keep following the path to the right all the way until it ends at a parking lot next to the beach.
  • You can either keep your shoes on or take them off on the beach, I suggest taking them off and holding them or hiding them. Keep running south and run to the end of the beach. Turn around there, which is mile 7, and head back the same way you came for a 14 mile run. 

 

  • 18 MILE (29 KILOMETER) RUN:

The 18 mile route is a combination of the 14 mile route and the 4 mile route.

Running Directions:

  • I suggest turning right (south) at the Kealia lifeguard tower and running the 14 mile route just like it was explained above.
  • Once you finish the 14 miles and get back to the Kealia lifeguard tower, you will keep running on the bike path but heading north so that the ocean is on your right side.
  • Run to the end of the path and back to add on the 4 miles just as explained in the 4 mile route above.

 

It may be hard to see in the photo bellow, but this route hugs the coast the entire way.

Map data ©2015 Google


LYDGATE BEACH RUN

This beach run is 3.66 miles (5.9 kilometers) from one end to the other and back. This run starts at the Lydgate State Park parking lot. Down the beach a little there are some rocks blocking the beach. Right past these rocks is where we start this run. If you decide you want to do a beach run that is longer then 3.66 miles, you could run the beach more than once!

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LIHUE AIRPORT RUN

This run is 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) and 11.6 miles (18.7 kilometers) depending on where you turn around at. Both runs have no hills! This run has no shade and can become very hot, very quick. The 6 mile run is 98% on the pavement and the 11.6 mile route is about 50% on the pavement. Both these runs start at the parking lot that is between the Vidinha Stadium and Vidinha soccer fields and go on Ninini Point Street

Running Directions:

  • Cross the highyway from Vidinha Stadium toward the airport to get to Ninini Point Street.
  • Follow this street along the airport fence until you reach Ninini Point Lighthouse. Turn around here and head back the same way for 6 miles.
  • For 11.6 miles you will turn left on a dirt road once you reach the lighthouse. 
  • This dirt road will wined along the coast for a couple miles until it turns back into pavement.
  • The paved road will pop out on Ahukini Road. Turn right on this road.
  • Run about half a mile until the road ends at Ahukini Landing at Hanama'ulu Bay.
  • Turn around here and had back the same way for 11.6 miles!

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KUILAU AND MOALEPE TRAIL 

This run is very hilly and it is a total of 8.5 miles (13.7 kilometers). A lot of people hike this trail but it is also good for running. The run starts at the beginning of Kuilau trail and goes for 2 miles until it connects with Moalepe trail. Moalepe trail continues for 2.25 miles on Olohena Road. When you reach the end you will be at 4.25 miles where you will turn around and run back. 

Directions to start of trail: Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746 


VIdiNHA STADIUM 

Vidinha stadium is the only rubberized surface track on Kauai. It is located in Lihue next to the airport off of Kapule Highway. 


PUHI ROAD TO HARBOR

This run is on the pavement and is 8.45 miles (13.6 kilometers). It has one long hill that is about half a mile long but other than that the whole run is flat. This run is on Puhi Road and can get busy with cars at times so make sure you do not listen to music so you can hear better. This run starts in the parking lot next to Hanalima Bakery.

Running Directions:

  • From the parking lot next to Hanalima Bakery you run down Puhi road until it ends at Hulemalu road.
  • Turn left onto Hulemalu road and run down the road for a couple miles until you reach Waapa road
  • Hang left onto Waapa road and follow the road past Nawailiwili Harbor until you reach Nawiliwili Park.
  • Turn right at Nawailiwili Park and run next to the water until the cement ends, then turn around and head back the same way.

    

Map data ©2015 Google