Seaside Walking and Biking in Kapaa – A Multi Use Trail by the Sea

In Eastside Places, Eastside Things To Do, Places, Things To Do: Makana Charters Blog by Makana Charters

You might have noticed, if you are already on Kauai, that the roads are a bit on the older side.  Part of the charm here is the fact that we have a slower pace of life, and don’t seek to rush everywhere by having major highways cris-crossing the island.

But one of the drawbacks to that is that the narrow roads make it very difficult to ride a bike.  As an effort to encourage bike riding and outdoor activity in general, the local government is in the process of building a bike path on the East side of Kauai, running from Kapa’a to Lydgate park.  Two of the sections have already been completed, both in Kapa’a and at Lydgate Park.  The new trail provides an excellent way to see the coastline in the open air while also getting some great exercise.

Biking in Kapaa

You will meet many friendly faces along the way as the path has become a central part of Kauai’s eastside community.  Whether you walk, bike, skateboard, rollerblade, or want to push your baby in the sroller, there will be enough space on the trail.

The official name of the trail is Ke Ala Hele Makalae, which means “The Path That Goes By The Coast”.  The name is very appropriate, as there is no false advertising here – the coastline journey has a different character around each and every corner.

If you wish to rent a bike in Kapaa, try these companies:

  • Hele On Kauai Rentals –
    4-1286 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, HI 96746

    (808) 822-4638

  •  Eastside Cruisers –
    4-1345 Kuhio Hwy
    Kapaa, HI 96746

    (808) 821-1519

The following is a video of the bike path and the intentions behind it.  It gives you great imagery and shows you the motivation for constructing the trail.

Ke Ala Hele Makalae: The Path that Goes by the Coast

Spending a day on this path will help you enjoy the easier things in life, such as the wind across your shoulders, laughter with your friends and family, and catching up and saying hello to people you meet along the way.  We hope you have a chance to enjoy some time strolling along, enjoying the journey more than the destination.