Information below is from 2019 race which has passed.
When is the Ka'u Coffee Trail Run and what time does it start?
Itʻs Saturday, September 21st, 2019 and it starts promptly at 7:00 a.m. The location is at the Ka'u Coffee Mill, 96-2696 Wood Valley Road, Pahala, Hawaii (on the Big Island). All runs begin and finish at the Ka'u Coffee Mill. Parking is available on the Coffee Mill grounds.
What is new this year and whatʻs so special about this particular race?
We have RFID chip timing this year! The Ka'u Coffee Trail run setting is gorgeous, challenging and all proceeds from this event stay in Ka'u to benefit the Ka'u community.
'O Ka'u Kakou, (OKK) a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non -profit community service organization sponsors this event. (Please see our photo and video page for interviews of athletes from previous years as well as drone video of the terrain.)
Where can I register?
Registration opens on May 1st-September 20 (and we highly recommend registering early). Register by August 27th to guarantee accurate size of race t-shirt. See size chart on our Trail Run page.
Can I register late or the morning of the race?
Race day,"non-online", registration ends September 21, 2019 at 6:30 AM. We need to provide runner's information to the race timers.
Late registration does not guarantee size of race t-shirt. Deadline for t-shirt size is August 27th. See size chart on our Trail Run page.
What types of trail races do you offer?
We have a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k.
What is the trail like?
The Kaʻu Coffee Trail Run returns for its 6th year offering moderate to highly-challenging 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon races through macadamia nut and coffee fields along the beautiful slopes of rural Ka'u on the southern side of Hawaii Island.
The race begins and ends at the Ka'u Coffee Mill in Pahala (Wood Valley). The course starts with a family-friendly 5K, continues uphill through a moderately-challenging 10K and reaches a 3100-foot elevation in the vigorously-exhilarating Half Marathon.
Do you have aid stations and rest rooms on the course itself? If so, what do they serve and how far apart are they?
Yes, we have several aid stations. Each manned station is a mile apart. Restrooms are at the start, another at the five mile marker, then another at the reservoir, which is only on the half marathon race. (See course maps page)
What is the weather like on an average day in Pahala?
Odds are highly in favor of near perfect weather. See average high and low for September on this chart >.
Are there goodie bags and awards?
Runners will receive a race goodies bag, including a race T-shirt and more. There are awards as well.
Do I get a medal for finishing the race?
Everyone gets a finisherʻs medal.
Where can I view the results?
Webscorer ( . We will have results and post them as soon as they are available.
Is there food available at this race?
Yes, thereʻs certainly Kaʻu Coffee available all day. We also have several food vendors on site. Proceeds from the food stay in the Kaʻu community.
Can I bring friends or family?
Absolutely, we encourage it.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, this is private property and no animals are allowed.
What other things are not allowed?