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Ke Ala Hele Makalae – The Path That Goes By The Coast

While all sides of the island of Kauai offer something unique and special, the non-motorized pedestrian bike path is currently exclusive only to the East Side. Spanning just under 7 miles down the coastline of Kapaa is the Ke Ala Hele Makalae, which translates to the path that goes by the coast.

Ke Ala Hele Makalae: the path that goes by the coast.

Partially built on a rail line that once was used to haul sugarcane crop, the multi-use path will eventually stretch for 17 miles from Nawiliwili to Anahola, preserving the coastal corridor for the enjoyment of both residents and tourists alike to experience.

Currently, there are two disconnected segments of the 6-phased development project complete. The third is underway which will ultimately connect the existing 2 paths which extend from the southern end of Lydgate Park to the northern end of Ahihi Point (Donkey Beach). While the remaining phases of the path may take years to complete, the project has strong support both from the community and the local government.

Three of the six phases of the proposed 17-mile multi-use path

The trail gives access to parks, beaches, and the coastal communities, along with nearly 2 dozen interpretive signs that offer information about local archeological, cultural and historical sites, the native names of streams and canals, the plants and animals that can be seen here (including whales and monk seals), and many more topics unique to the area.

Tree swing in Kapaa Town

Scenic views for miles

The remains of what once served as a pineapple dumping ground

My personal favorite is the most northern 2 miles, which rides along the edge of the Pacific Ocean and is graced with beautifully undeveloped natural landscape. Headed back south, you can find yourself in the heart of Kapaa town, with direct access to some of the best food on the island. If you are out in the morning, ride over to Java Kai for one of their killer coffee drinks. If on an evening cruise, swing into Sam’s Ocean View for one of their craft cocktails in their open-air dining room.

The beauty of living in a small community is the ability to stay connected and have easy access to all your daily needs and wants. Old Kapaa town offers just that– a historic beachside community that boasts the island’s best dining and shopping that is all attainable by bike or foot. Not to mention it’s set in a stunning tropical location!

Aerial view of Kapaa town from the ocean

Does this sound idyllic to you? Well, imagine all the aforementioned plus a contemporary 3BD/3BA oceanfront home!

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The hypnotic rolling waves, soothing rustling palm fronds, and the sweet smell of salt air are the sensations to be experienced in this two story dwelling. Even more fortunate, is that the bike path crosses in front of the home which makes access to the amazing trail just right outside your door.

Stunning ocean front views in the heart of Old Kapaa Town with direct access to the bike path

A sophisticated property in proximity to fine dining and shopping is a rare combination on the island of Kauai which truly makes 1316-A Inia St. a home to be experienced. Come see what is waiting for you…

Please contact Roni Marley at (808)652-1006 or roni@hawaiilife.com for more information and/or to set up a showing.

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