North Shore Running Locations

(Click on name for directions to running location)

  1. Old Princeville Spa Run (6.68 miles)
  2. Hanalei Bay Beach Run (3.3 miles)
  3. Princeville Stables Road, Kapaka street ( miles)
  4. Wai Koa Loop Trail (5 miles)
  5. Wai Koa Loop Trail / Kalihiwai Ridge Road (8.84 miles)
  6. Wai Koa Loop Trail / Kilauea Lighthouse (12 miles)
  7. Ko'olao Road (Moloaa) (7 miles)
  8. Anini Road (4.5 miles)
  9. Kalihiwai Ridge (6.6 miles)   
  10. Secret Beach Run (Kauapea Beach) (2.2 miles)
  11. Lumahai Beach Run (1.6 miles)

 

DETAILED EXPLANATIONS OF RUNS ARE BELOW if you are unfamiliar with them!

(White lines on photos are the running routes)


OLD PRINCEVILLE SPA RUN

This run is an out and back that is approximately 6.68 miles (10.75 kilometers). The run is 99% on the concrete and asphalt. It starts at where the old Princeville Spa/Tavern Restaurant used to be and goes to the St. Regis Hotel and back. There are a few rolling hills for the first mile, before it slowly goes down hill all the way to the St. Regis. The way there is slightly down hill and the way back is slightly up hill. 

Running Directions:

  • This running route starts at the Princeville Spa/Tavern Restaurant. 
  • When arriving to this location coming from the north, you turn left off Kuhio HWY directly after the transfer station. If you reach the Princeville airport, you have gone to far.   
  • Go to the parking lot that is directly to your left. 
  • The run starts from the parking lot. You run west on the the bike path, which is also the old highway.
  • Follow that path until you reach the huge Princeville fountain and then cross Ka Haku Rd (the road that goes to the St. Regis).
  • On the other side of the road go right and follow the bike path until you reach the St. Regis hotel. Once you can see the St. Regis hotel there is a small parking lot on the right. Turn around there and head back to where you started.  

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HANALEI BAY BEACH RUN

This run is a total of 3.3 miles (5.31 kilometers). It is a beach run that is completely flat. This is a great run because you can choose to run along the waters edge where the sand is firm, or you can run up past the high tide line where the sand is soft. Running in the soft sand will take longer and is more difficult but there is less pounding in comparison to the hard sand. We recommend running barefoot on these beach runs.

Running Directions:

  • The best place to start this run is to drive to Hanalei Pier. There is a parking lot right on the beach.
  • From the Pier to the other side of the bay where the beach ends is around 1.65 miles. There are a few small knee deep streams that you will have to cross during this run. Round trip is 3.3 miles.
  •  You may have to run the beach a couple times if you want more miles. Or you can put on some shoes and add some more miles by running on Weke Road.

PRINCEVILLE STABLES ROAD

This run is an out and back that is 5.1 miles (8.2 kilometers). The entire run is on the street and has more hills then flats. The way out is slightly more up hill then the way back.

Running Directions:

  • This running route starts at the old Princeville Spa/Tavern Restaurant, just like the Princeville Spa run.
  • When arriving to this location coming from the north, you turn left off Kuhio HWY directly after the transfer station. If you reach the Princeville airport, you have gone to far. 
  • Go to the parking lot that is directly to your left. 
  • From the parking lot you will start your run. You run west on the the bike path, which is also the old highway.
  • After running for less than a mile you will turn left and cross Kuhio HWY to Kapaka Street.
  • Run to the end of Kapaka Street to a giant green water tank, then turn around and run back. 

Wai Koa Loop Trail

This run is a loop that is 5 miles (8 kilometers) long. The trail is mostly on grass and dirt but some parts are on the gravel. There are a couple rolling hills but this run is mostly flat.

Running Directions: 

  • This run starts at the Wai Koa Loop Trail which is located behind Kilauea Miniature Golf and Botanical Gardens next to Banana Joes.
  • Once on the trail it is very easy to follow because there are signs directing you where to go!

We do this run a lot because there are other runs that connect to and from this trail. Example of these different runs are Wai Koa Loop/Kalihiwai Ridge Road and Wai Koa Loop/Kileaua Lighthouse. These runs are shown below. 


WAI KOA LOOP TRAIL / KALIHIWAI RIDGE ROAD

This run is a total of 8.84 miles (14.22 kilometers) and is one of my favorite runs to do either slow or fast. A total of around 2 miles of the run is on grass/dirt and the rest is on pavement. The first half of this run has more up hills then down hills and is overall more up hill then the second part of the run. 

Running Directions:

  • The run starts on the Wai Koa Loop Trail which is located behind the Kilauea Miniature Golf and Botanical Garden.
  • From this trail, you run until you get to the small dog park.
  • Turn right directly after the dog park and run through a gate where you will see a road.
  • Once you go through the gate, you turn left on Kahiliholo Road (known as Kalihiwai Ridge).
  • You will run about 2.5 miles up the road until you get to Halaulani Road (this road is one of two roads on Kalihiwai Ridge).
  • Turn left on Halaulani Road and run a little over a mile to reach the end.
  • From there you turn around and run back the way you came. 

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WAI KOA LOOP TRAIL / KILAUEA LIGHTHOUSE

This run is an out and back that is 12 miles (19.31 kilometers), which is one of the longest runs on the north shore. This run is on grass/dirt for about 8 miles and on pavement for 4 miles. It has a few small hills but is a flat run for Kaua'i.

Running Directions:

  • This run starts on the Wai Koa Loop Trail (just like the start of Wai Koa Loop Trail/Kalihiwai Ridge Road route) which is located behind the Kilauea Miniature Golf and Botanical Garden.
  • While you are running along this trail there are signs that will guide you so that you do not get lost. 
  • While running the trail, at around 3.5 or 4 miles you will reach a gate for a dirt road that will take you to the restaurant Common Ground Kaua'i (restaurant in Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner section).

This is what the gate looks like once you reach it!

  •  From Common Ground, you will run on the paved road to the main entrance that will eventually lead to the Kuhio Highway.
  • Go left along the highway for less then a quarter mile until you reach Ko'o Rd right by the Kilauea Gas station and Menehune Mart.
  • Run for about 200 meters on Ko'o Rd until you hit Kilauea Rd, then run up that road until you reach the Kilauea Light House.
  • From the light house you turn around and run the same exact path back!

Map data ©2015 Google


KO'OLAO ROAD RUN (MOLOAA) 

This is a total of  7 miles (11.26 kilometers). Ko'olao road is one of our favorite runs because it is a good hard run. This run is one of the hilliest runs on the north shore so if you want hills, run here! This run is from one end of Ko'olao Rd to the other end and back. You can start this run on any side of Ko'olao road but we recommend you start at the Moloa'a Sunrise Fruit Stand side of the road. This is so that you can get a nice smoothie or some sort of snack after you run. You can find Moloa'a Sunrise Fruit Stand on our Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner page!

Running Directions:

  • You start your run at one side of Ko'olao road and run until you reach the highway on the other side of the road, then you turn around and run back. 

When running Ko'olao Rd I recommend you do not run with headphones or at least keep one ear free. This is because the road is small and has lot of turns and keeping an ear open for cars is a very smart thing to do! 


ANINI ROAD 

This is an out and back run that is 4.5 miles (7.24 kilometers). Anini road is paved and is a great run if you want no hills at all. The road is right alone the ocean and is usually a quiet road, which makes it a great place to run.

Running Directions:

  • Anini beach is located off of Kuhio highway in between Kilauea and Princeville.
  • To find parking for this run, you drive down Anini road for about a quarter of a mile until you reach the ocean.
  • The road will turn left once you reach the ocean.
  • Right after the road turns left you will see a small dirt parking lot on your left.
  • Start your run here and run to the end of the road and back. You could also drive to the end of the road and park there and then run the road the opposite way. 

Map data ©2015 Google


Kalihiwai Ridge Run

Kalihiwai Ridge (Kahiliholo road) is an out and back run that is 6.6 miles (10.62 kilometers) total. The run is entirely on the asphalt, although you can run in the grass on the side of the road at times. The run starts at the bottom of Kalihiwai Ridge by Kuhio Hwy where there is grass on the side of the Kahiliholo road to park.

Running Directions:

  • The run on the way out is slightly up hill with occasional flats and down hills until you turn around at a cul-de-sac at 3.3 miles.
  • The way back down the road is a lot easier because it is slightly down hill.

Kalihiwai Ridge is not a busy road and the farther you run up the road, the less cars there will be! It is a great place to do a workout involving speed because the long straight aways.



SECRET BEACH RUN

This is one of our favorite beach run because of the great location and secludedness. The beach is called Secret beach and the running route is 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) from one end of the beach to the other and back. If you want to do a longer beach run you could always run the beach multiple time.

This run is only able to be done during the summer because the waves have not washed the sand away. During the winter the waves wash away most of the beach making it it impossible to run the whole thing.


LUMAHAI BEACH RUN

This beach run is one of the hardest beaches we have ever ran. The sand at Lumahai beach is very soft, so running is difficult but it makes for a great place to get a more challenging beach run in. The beach from one end to the other and back is 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers) long, so running it multiple times may be needed. We suggest that you start this run at the river side of the beach. The reasons for this are because you can park practically on the beach and the river is a great place to cool off after a hot run.

This run is only able to be done during the summer because the waves have not washed the sand away. During the winter the waves wash away most of the beach making it it impossible to run the entire thing.

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