The road the leads to this hike will dead end at a marked gate. Just park on the side of the road and enter through the gate on foot.
This is a great trail for hiking or mountain biking! We brought our dogs, and this hike is very dog friendly. Just remember lots of water for the pups
The only bummer is the very steep, asphalt road for the first half mile of the hike.
There is a downhill mountain bike trail the you can use as an alternate to hiking up and down the asphalt service road. I would recommend trail over the road.
At the top of the service road is a gravel parking lot. This is the beginning of the trail that leads to the 5.2 mile Kahakapao Loop. We stayed to the left down the service road to view the Makawao Water Treatment Plant and the man made lake.
Hike up around the right of the lake and you will find a trail that leads back to Kahakapao Loop.
The loop has a picnic tables of the east and west sides of the trail. We stopped for an hour at the top of the loop to rest in our hammocks and eat some food.
After the hike, head back down into Makawao town for some good lunch or breakfast. I recommend the Fresh Market Bistro.