Ka’u Coffee Trail Runs Half Marathon 10k & 5k

September 2024  • Pahala, HI• Course Map

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Are you ready to tackle an unforgettable trail race with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean? Look no further than the Ka’u Coffee Trail Half Marathon! Head to Pahala, Hawaii this September for a challenging and breathtaking race through macadamia nut and coffee fields.

Not feeling like a full 13.1? There are also 5k and 10k options available if you’re not quite ready for the half marathon distance. So whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or looking for a fun challenge, there’s a race for you.

Now, let’s talk about the course. The half marathon boasts a whopping 2,436 ft elevation gain, so prepare yourself for some serious hill climbs. But the views are more than worth it. You’ll be treated to 180-degree views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean as you traverse the beautiful slopes of rural Ka’u. And with a start and finish at the Ka’u Coffee Mill, you know you’ll be running through some truly beautiful scenery.

But the stunning views and challenging course aren’t the only reasons to run the Ka’u Coffee Trail Half Marathon. Proceeds from the race go to support ‘O Ka’u Kakou, a fantastic nonprofit organization that does some seriously amazing work. 

By running this race, you’ll directly contribute to local scholarships, help fund a proposed senior housing project, purchase life-saving equipment for Ka’u Hospital, and even help restore and maintain three historic cemeteries. Plus, ‘O Ka’u Kakou also sponsors free Veterans Day and the 4th of July Parade & Fun Day! Not only will you be pushing your limits and enjoying beautiful views, but you’ll also be supporting a great cause.

And after you cross the finish line, you can replenish your energy reserves with hydration and light snacks provided by the race organizers. Be sure to bring some extra cash to support local vendors from the Ka’u Community selling delicious snacks and beverages.

Race Weather & Climate

On September 23rd, Pahala, Hawaii, situated on the Big Island, experiences a delightful tropical climate. With average high temperatures reaching around 83°F (28°C), it provides ideal conditions for outdoor activities. The lush green surroundings of Pahala, which can occasionally bring brief rain showers, add to the island’s natural beauty. While these showers may appear, they are generally light and refreshing, making it a perfect day for exploring the island, enjoying its picturesque landscapes, and embracing the laid-back Hawaiian lifestyle.

Ka’u Coffee Trail Half Marathon Results

Ka’u Coffee Trail Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map on the race director’s website.

Starting Time

The half marathon will start at 7:00 am, HST while 10K starts at 7:15 am, HST and 5K will start at 7:30 am, HST.


  • 50K – $90+
  • Half Marathon – $80+
  • 10K – $50+
  • 5K – $45+

Ka’u Coffee Trail Half Marathon Registration

Check the race director’s website for registration for the marathon.

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