SOUTH/WEST SIDE Running LOCATIONS

  1. Poipu Road (4.40 miles)
  2. Brennecke's Run (7.70 miles)
  3. Polihale Beach (5.25 miles)
  4. Polihale dirt road (10 miles)
  5. Koke'e: Kanaloa Huluhulu Meadow (The Meadow) to Pu'u o Kila Lookout (7 miles)
  6. Koke'e: Alakai Swamp Trail (7 miles)

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

(WHITE LINES ON PHOTOS ARE THE RUNNING ROUTES)


POIPU ROAD 

This run is on a flat dirt road that is an out and back. The route is 5.20 miles (8.37 kilometers) long. This is one of the few runnable dirt roads on the south side of the island. The start of this run is at the turn off of the Hyatt Hotel, which makes it a great run for people who stay at the hotel. Running this in the morning is the best time because it does not have much shade or wind and can become very hot very quickly. 

Running Directions:

  • This running route begins at the entrance of the Hyatt Hotel in Poipu.
  • If you come out of the entrance of the hotel you turn right onto Poipu road and run about 200 meters on the pavement before it becomes dirt/gravel.
  • Once you are on the dirt, you will run almost two miles until you reach a four way stop (there are no stop signs out there) where you can either go left, right, straight, or back. You will turn right! 
  • Once you turn right you will run for about a mile until the road ends. Turn around there and run the exact same way back. 

 


BRENNECKE'S RUN 

This route is a 7.70 mile (12.4 kilometer) out and back that is 90% flat with some gradual hills. The route of this run is part of the same route of the Koloa Plantation Days Family Fun Run/Walk that happens once a year. If you are planning to do the race then this run is great to help you get the course down. This run will start at the parking lot next to Breannecke's Beach Broiler.

Running Directions:

  • From Brennecke's Beach Broiler you run up Hoowili Road to Poipu Road where you will turn left.
  • You will then run along the side of Poipu Road to Kapili Road where you turn left and go down a small hill to Poipu Beach Road.
  • Turn right on Poipu Beach Road and run for about half a mile until you will get to a very sharp left turn that will take you onto Lawai Road. 
  • Once on Lawai Road, you will run until the road ends then turn around and head back the same way.

POLIHALE BEACH 

Polihale Beach goes for 13 miles from end to end but it is not possible to run the entire thing because it goes in front of Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). People are not allowed access on the beach in front of PMRF. The most distance you can run on the beach is for 2.62 miles one way then back for a total of 5.25 miles (8.45 kilometers). 

Running Directions: 

  • To get to the beach you drive to the West side of the island. Drive to the end of Kaumualii Highway.
  • Once you get to the end of the highway you will see Lower Saki Mana Road and a sign that says Polihale State Park. Take that dirt road until it ends at the beach.
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POLIHALE DIRT ROAD 

This run is an out and back that is 10 miles (16.1 kilometers). The entire run is flat and on a dirt road called Lower Saki Mana Road

Running Directions: 

  • To get to the dirt road you drive to the West side of the island. Drive to the end of Kaumualii Highway.
  • Once you get to the end of the highway you will see Lower Saki Mana Road and a sign that says Polihale State Park.
  • This is the dirt road and is 5 miles to Polihale Beach. You can start this run at either end of the road but we prefer at the beach end because there are showers and bathrooms.

KOKE'E: KANALOA HULUHULU MEADOW (THE MEADOW) TO Pu'u o Kila LOOKOUT 

From the Meadow to the second lookout and back is 7 miles (11.2 kilometers). This run is uphill on the way there and down hill on the way back. The start of this run is at the Huluhulu Meadow which is an elevation of about 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) and climbs to 4,173 feet (1,272 meter). The elevation gain is 573 feet in 3.5 miles. 

Running Directions: 

  • To get to the start of this run you have to drive up the mountains into Koke'e to Kanaloa Huluhulu Meadow.
  • From the meadow you will run up Koke'e Road until you reach Pu'u o Kila lookout. This is the lookout farther up the road from the Kalalau Lookout. 
  • To Pu'u o Kila lookout you back down the road to the meadow for 7 miles.

KOKE'E: ALAKAI SWAMP TRAIL 

This trail is in Koke'e and is a 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) out and back that turns around at Kilohana lookout. Because driving to Koke'e is a long drive, we only do this trail when we are camping in Koke'e. The trail is made for hiking but when ever we camp in Koke'e, it is a trail we will run. This trail has many different types of terrain from grass to dirt and to a wood boardwalk. Alaka'i swamp trail is the only run we have ever done on wood boardwalk. This trail has many varieties of native plants and native birds along the way. If there are no clouds and the weather is right the view at the Kilohana lookout (3.5 miles) is one of the best on the island.

Running directions:

  • Start at the Alaka'i Swamp trail head and follow the trail until it ends at Kilohana lookout.
  • Turn around and head back for a 7 mile run.