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Always yield to hikers, and do not slide around corners or slide down the trail - this damages the trail and causes erosion. If accidents are reported or damage to the trail is extreme, the trail will be closed to mountain bikes
AHUPUAA O KAHANA STATE PARK
52-222 Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83), Kahana
5,228.7 acres. Scenic wildland valley. Swimming, bodysurfing, beach-related activities, picnicking, camping and viewing of Huilua Fishpond at beach area. Hardy family hike (4.9 miles) and fruit picking in lushly vegetated forest; picnicking in coconut grove; pig hunting in public hunting area. A "living park" under development where Hawaiian families live nurturing and fostering native culture. Crafts instruction. Park open during daylight hours. Free admission.
AIEA BAY STATE RECREATION AREA
Off Kamehameha Highway at McGrew Loop
near Aloha Stadium, Aiea.
Along the banks of Pearl Harbor's East Loch, the park offers picnicking opportunities. Views of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. The Pearl Harbor bike path passes through the park.
Directions to Trailhead: Go past Paradise Park in Manoa Valley until you get to the entrance of Lyon Arboretum. Proceed straight ahead to the Manoa Falls trailhead. Approximately 150 feet from the Falls, the Aihualama Trail proceeds left.
The trail traverses through bamboo and other foliage and skirts the upper west side of Manoa Valley. (1.3 mi. 2.1 km.)
DIAMOND HEAD STATE MONUMENT
Diamond Head Road, near Waikiki
475.0 acres. Hawaii's most famous landmark - a large tuff cone which was formed by a short series of explosive eruptions some 100,000 years ago; National Natural Landmark. Picnicking on the crater floor in a landscaped meadow; offering detachment from the city. Moderate family hike (bring a flashlight) with panoramic view of Honolulu; trail 0.7 mile one-way with some hazards. Guided Hike
HAUULA LOOP TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: From Kamehameha Highway at Hauula, turn onto the northern access of Hauula Homestead Road (across from Hauula Beach Park) and go 0.2 mile to where the road makes a bend to the left. Park in the gravel parking lot at the bend. Proceed along the gravel road and turn left at the forest reserve cable.
Trail crosses Waipilopilo Gulch, then travels toward the sea on the next ridge overlooking Kaipapau Valley. (2.5 mi. / 4.0 km.)
HAWAII NATURE CENTER
2131 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel. (808) 955-0100
Hands-on outdoor adventures for children and adults. Three and six hour guided wilderness hikes. Inexpensive trail guide publications (Makiki Loop Trail, Manoa Cliffs Trail) identify native plants along the way.
HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF
LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Downtown Honolulu District)
Tel. (808) 587-0166
Free Oahu hiking information. Free trail maps.
(Hawaii Kai District)
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed on Kalanianaole Highway past Aina Haina. Turn left at Puuikena Drive and go approximately one and a half (1.5) miles. Park at the parking lot next to the Board of Water Supply water tank. The trail begins on the Ridge.
Trail follows the ridge to the summit. For experienced hikers and bikers only - trail not maintained. (2.0 mi. / 3.2 km.)
NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII
The Conservancy's literature states "Located on the southeast slope of the Waianae mountains, Honouliuli Preserve (3,692 acres) is home to more than 45 rare plant and animal species and contains some of the last remaining habitat on Oahu for native forest birds." The "jewels of the forest" - native land snails with brightly banded shells also inhabit the Preserve. Access to the Preserve is limited to guided hikes by the Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers. (Voluntary monthly work trips are offered by the Nature Conservancy.) For more information, please visit their site.
HOOMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDEN
45-680 Luluku Road
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Tel. (808) 233-7323
A magnificent 400 acre botanical garden at the foot of the Koolau Mountains laced with a network of hiking trails. Camping, picnicking, art gallery. Guided nature walks focusing on plant collections, natural history of Hawaii, the Hawaiian landscape as visible from Hoomaluhia, water cycle, flood control. Free admission.
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain along Nuuanu Pali Drive until you reach a concrete bridge. Immediately to your right is a dirt parking area - this is the Judd trailhead.
A loop forest trail alongside a stream. (0.75 mi. / 1.2 km.)
KAENA POINT STATE PARK
End of Farrington Highway (Highway 930)
Relatively remote wild coastline with picnicking opportunities and shore fishing. Large sandy beach at Keawaula Bay with board surfing and bodysurfing for experts. Swimming only during completely calm conditions in the summer; lifeguard services. Long family hike (2.7 miles one-way) along volcanic coast with tide pools, small natural stone arches and fine views of Makua coastline. Early morning porpoise sightings from point near Kaluakauila stream mouth. Viewing of the large sea cave, Kaneana, legendary home of Nanue the shark man. Hot, dry area with little shade. No drinking water.
Directions to Trailhead: From the intersection of Nehoa and Makiki Streets in Honolulu, proceed toward the mountain on Makiki Street and turn left on Makiki Heights Drive. Continue for approximately half-mile to "Makiki Forest Recreation Area" sign. Park in Forestry and Wildlife Baseyard.
A forest trail up Makiki Valley. (0.7 mil. / 1.1 km.)
(North Shore Oahu)
Directions to Trailhead: Just past Waimea Bay across from the Waimea Fire Station, proceed toward the mountain on Pupukea (Homestead) Road and drive to the end. Park in the Boy Scout Camp parking lot. Proceed on foot approximately half-mile past the green forest reserve gate to a grove of paperbark trees. Trail takes off from the left.
The trail runs over the ridges and valleys of the Pupukea Forest Reserve. (2.5 mi. / 4.0 km.)
(North Shore Oahu)
Directions to Trailhead: From Farrington Highway, after passing Camp Mokuleia, turn left into the third entrance to Dillingham Airfield. Proceed straight ahead four-tenths of a mile to parking area near airfield tower. Park. Walk along the gravel road toward the cliffs. Proceed through the gate at the fence. The trail climbs up the hill on the left.
Trail switchbacks above Dillingham Airfield and crests the cliffs, proceeding upward along the ridge. (2.3 mi. / 3.7 km.)
KEAIWA HEIAU STATE RECREATION AREA
End of Aiea Heights Drive, Aiea
384.5 acres. Forest recreation: picnicking, camping, hardy family hiking and rustic facilities. Remains of a 15th century heiau hoola (temple of healing) and specimens of medicinal plants on display.
KOKO CRATER GARDEN
Inside Koko Crater
(Koko Head District)
Tel. (808) 522-7060
Unusual hike through extinct volcano crater containing 200 dry acres of flowers, cacti, aloes, palms. Free admission.
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed on East Manoa Road in Manoa Valley to the intersection of Woodlawn Drive. Turn left on Woodlawn Drive for about three-quarters of a mile, until Woodlawn Drive takes a sharp right. Proceed straight ahead on foot on Alani Lane. Trail begins to the right side of a Forestry and Wildlife picnic shelter.
Not suitable for novice hikers - the very steep trail follows a finger ridge up to Waahila Ridge. (1.0 mile / 1.6 km.)
KUAOKALA ACCESS ROAD
Directions to Trailhead: Drive on Farrington Highway to Yokohama Bay. Turn right and proceed up the road to the second guard shack on the left. Turn right and go past the Kaena Point Tracking Station. The road curves to the left and you pass another intersection on the right. The next intersection on the right is the road that leads down into Manini Gulch.
Trail follows a ridge, then down a gulch, and up again, then cross country to the Mokuleia Forest Reserve. (7.3 mi. / 11.75 km.)
Directions to Trailhead: Drive toward Kaena Point on Farrington Highway until you get to Yokohama Bay. Turn right and proceed up the road to the second guard shack on the left. Turn right and proceed past the Kaena Point Tracking Station to a large dirt parking area. Park. Trail starts directly to the right side of paved road.
The route proceeds along Makua Rim and down into Manini Gulch. (2.5 mi. / 4.0 km.)
LYON ARBORETUM See Feature Article
3860 Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel. (808) 988-0456
Over 8,000 plant species in 194 acres of rain forest. Extensive hiking trails - nearby Manoa Falls trail is 0.75 mile/45 minutes one-way. Self-guided tours. Free admission.
MAKAPUU LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL
Makapuu Point, Kalanianaole Highway
A one-mile hike up to the lighthouse on a paved road inaccessible to vehicles. Spectacular view of the southeastern Oahu coastline, tranquility, whales galore during season (mid-December to mid-April).
MAKIKI VALLEY TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Tantalus Drive. Approximately half way to the top, look for the trailhead sign on the right side of the road. Prior to the Makiki Valley trailhead sign, park in the area on the corner.
Trail goes into Makiki Valley to reach Round Top Drive on the east side. (1.1 mi. / 1.8 km.)
(West Honolulu District)
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Waimano Home Road in Pearl City and turn left onto Komo Mai Drive to Pacific Palisades. Go to the end of Komo Mai Drive. Park. Proceed on foot to the water tank at the end of the road.
Trail winds along the ridge to reach the Koolau Range Summit. (6.0 mi. / 9.7 km.)
MANOA CLIFF TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Round Top Drive to the vicinity of 4005 Round Top Drive. Look for the parking lot on the opposite side of the road, directly adjacent to the Moleka trail.
The trail contours Manoa Valley and goes around Tantalus Crater to Pauoa Valley and exits at Tantalus Drive. (3.4 mi. / 5.5 km.)
MANOA FALLS TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed past Paradise Park in Manoa Valley to the entrance of Lyon Arboretum. Proceed straight ahead and park on dirt road. The trail begins straight ahead.
A good trail for novice hikers - through the forest to a viewing area of the 100-foot falls and pool. (0.8 mi. / 1.3 km.)
Directions to Trailhead: From the intersection of Nehoa and Makiki Streets, proceed toward the mountain on Makiki Street and turn left onto Makiki Heights Drive. Continue for approximately half-mile to "Makiki Forest Recreation Area" sign. Park in Forestry and Wildlife Baseyard.
Trail crosses a bridge and proceeds up the east ridge of Makiki Valley. (0.7 mi. / 1.1 km.)
MAUNAWILI FALLS TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: From Honolulu take the Pali Highway (Rte.61) towards Kailua Town. Pali Highway turns into Kalanianaole Highway. Continue and turn right on Auloa Road. Continue left on Maunawili Road. Turn right on Kelewina Street and park. Look for Maunawili Access Trail sign.
Great rainforest hike to a beautiful waterfall. (2 hours round trip.)
Directions to trailhead: From Honolulu take the Pali Highway (Rte. 61) towards Kailua. Go through the Pali Tunnel and watch for the parking lot on the right part-way down the hill. A short walk from the parking lot leads to the trailhead
A well maintained family trail which extends for about 10 miles along the base of the Koolau mountains to Waimanalo. Awesome views of the steep Koolau cliffs, and sweeping vistas of Kailua and the offshore islands. Photo
MOKULEIA BEACH PARK
68-919 Kaena Point Road, Mokuleia
(North Shore Oahu)
Deserted windsurfing beach for experts. Picnicking, camping. Hike to Kaena Point begins 2.9 mi. beyond park (2.5 mi./2 hrs. one-way).
Directions to Trailhead: Travel on the Kuaokala Access Road until you get to a paved road. Turn left until you get to the forest reserve gate. Prior to the gate, there is a road that turns right and is adjacent to the Peacock Flats Camping area. This road leads to the beginning of the trail.
The trail traverses the Mokuleia Forest Reserve and the Pahole Natural Area Reserve. (2.0 mi. / 3.22 km.)
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Round Top Drive to the vicinity of 4005 Round Top Drive. Look for the trailhead sign and a small parking lot on the left side of the road.
The trail takes you along the upper east edge of Makiki Valley traversing a bamboo grove and offers a panoramic view of Honolulu. (0.75 mi. / 1.2 km.)
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Tantalus Drive. When you get close to the top, look for the trailhead sign on the right side of the road. Park in the area prior to the trailhead.
The trail traverses the west side of Makiki Valley. (0.75 mi. / 1.2 km.)
NATURE CONSERVANCY OF HAWAII
923 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel. (808) 537-4508
The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, a non-profit organization, has several preserves on Oahu including the Honouliuli Preserve. The Conservancy's mission is to protect the finest remaining examples of native plants, animals and natural communities in Hawaii by protecting the places they need to survive. Call for information on hikes, volunteer work trips, and memberships, or visit their site.
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Tantalus Drive, past the Nahuina Trailhead sign. Look for the Manoa Cliff Trailhead sign on the left side of the road. Proceed on foot to the Manoa Cliff Trail to the Pauoa Flats Trail. The Nuuanu Trail intersection is on the left.
The trail traverses the west side of upper Pauoa Valley, Pauoa Flats, and then descends into Nuuanu Valley. (1.5 mi. / 2.4 km.)
PAUOA FLATS TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed along Manoa Cliff Trail from Round Top Drive. The second intersection on the right is the trail.
Like the name implies, a level route. (0.75 mi. / 1.2 km.) Guided Hike
PUU OHIA TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Tantalus Drive until you get to the top. Look for the trailhead sign on the left side of the road. Park in the lot on the opposite side of the road.
The trail winds up through guava and bamboo groves. (0.75 mi. / 1.2 km.)
PUU PIA TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed on East Manoa road in Manoa Valley to the intersection of Woodlawn Drive. Turn left on Woodlawn Drive for about three-quarters of a mile. Proceed straight ahead on foot on Alani Lane to a fork in the dirt road just before a Forestry & Wildlife picnic shelter. Take the left fork, keeping the picnic table on your right.
The trail proceeds up Manoa Valley to the Summit of Puu Pia which provides sweeping views of the valley and glimpses of Honolulu and Waikiki. (0.75 mi. / 1.2 km.) Photo
SACRED FALLS STATE PARK
(5/10/99 Closed Indefinitely due to Fatal Landslides.)
Kamehameha Highway, Hauula
Hardy family hike to a lovely 80 foot waterfall and pool - a popular swim spot in a narrow valley with 1,600 foot walls. Closed during rainy weather - high risk of flash floods. 4.5 mile hike/3 hour round-trip. Tiny historic Kalamalama O Keao Church is near entrance to the park.
TANTALUS - ARBORETUM TRAIL
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Tantalus Drive, trail takes off on the right. It will be the first trail encountered while proceeding up Tantalus Drive.
A very short forest loop trail, ideal for children and novice hikers. (0.25 mi. / 0.4 km.)
Directions to Trailhead: Proceed toward the mountain on Round Top Drive, past the Puu Ualakaa State Park. Look for the Ualakaa trailhead sign on the left side of the road. Park opposite sign.
The trail proceeds west and goes into Makiki Valley. (0.5 mi. / 0.85 km.)
WAAHILA RIDGE STATE RECREATION AREA
End of Ruth Place, via Peter Street from St. Louis Drive off Waialae Avenue, St. Louis Heights
49.9 acres. Wilderness picnicking on a Norfolk Island pine forested ridge. Fine views of Manoa and Palolo valleys. Hardy family hiking in the forest reserve.
Directions to Trailhead: From Waialae Avenue, proceed toward the mountain on St. Louis Drive to Ruth Place. Drive to access road to Waahila State Park and park in parking lot. Proceed on foot to the trailhead.
The trail follows the Waahila Ridge above Manoa and Palolo Valleys. Some sections may be difficult for novice hikers. (2.4 mi. / 4 km.)
WAIMANO TRAIL (UPPER VALLEY ROUTE)
(West Honolulu District)
Directions to Trailhead: From the junction of Waimano Home Road and Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City, go directly toward the mountain about 2 miles to the Waimano Home grounds. Leave the road on the left side of the chain link fence.
Trail goes past tunnels and an old abandoned dam, with several switchbacks on its way to the summit of the Koolau Range. (7.2 mi. / 11.6 km.)
WAIMEA VALLEY AUDUBON CENTER
59-864 Kamehameha Highway
Waimea, HI 96712
(North Shore Oahu)
Tel. (808) 638-9199
A historic nature park on 1,800 acres with over 6,000 species of plant life in world class botanical gardens. Hundreds of acres of strolling paths, hiking trails, picnicking, birdwatching, a 45 foot waterfall and rich archaeological sites. Botanical and environmental self-guided tours. Admission charge.
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