Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area is a 384-acre park located approximately 12 miles from Waikiki. Keawa Heiau is located at the park entry. Continue along the paved park road to the campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailhead for the 'Aiea Loop Trail. Groves of Norfolk pines and eucalyptus trees create a forest recreation environment on the hills above the town of 'Aiea and Pearl Harbor. A resident caretaker near the front gate should be contacted in the event of emergencies.
Parking can be a challenge. There are three parking areas. I parked at the first after circling once. It's okay since the counterclockwise trail ends at the second parking and the short walk to the car was down hill.
The trail is wide at most spots buts does narrow and gets rough and muddy. There were several people on the trail with small kids in carriers. Good luck. They looked beat less than midway through.
Most of the trail is covered by trees so the sun and heat were not a problem. Some bugs near the end when you cross the creek. Good hike. Took under two hours to go the 4.5 miles.
Highly recommend going the the Aiea Bowl afterwards.
Pretty awesome trail.. did it in the pouring rain.. so views weren't good.. but lots of fun.. really muddy and easy to follow.. you can run about 80% of it.
It's 4km till your left turn where the single track fun starts.. and then it's not hard until the last .5 km
Also Strava says it was only 500 meters of climbing
Very family friendly loop. There are great spots along the way to take a break and enjoy the scenery. The trail is wide and well marked and give how popular it is, the path is well worn in. There is one section on the back half where it is a bit more muddy and a bit more challenging. Over all, I enjoyed this loop a lot. I plan on repeating this one for sure!
I'll be in Oahu feb 13 to 23 and would love to do this. I'm an intermediate/advanced hiker and have done several backpacking trips so I can keep up or go your pace!! Text eight five eight- seven five zero- zero two five zero
Peace and Love fellow hikers!
Will change to 5 stars after hike
I took my 4 year old and 13 month old. Not a good idea on my behalf. First half is "kid friendly" and then it gets a little crazy with switchbacks, steep edges, and mud. I would say only 1 view is worth seeing and the other two view spots are just ok. Multiple spots on the second half had logs you have to crawl under or over. The hike would obviously be better if I were alone and on a trail run or something. However, the part that annoyed me was that there are no real mile markers and when we finally made it out we had to walk up the road back to our car. Again, I had a 4 year old on my shoulders and a 13 month old on my back so I was pretty much beat. Thank goodness for this app for showing me my place on the trail and getting me and my kiddos out safely.
The trail is fairly flat and a little steep around the edges. There is also a nice view of the mountains around H-3. Only thing kind of odd about this trail is that it ends in this grassy knoll with picnic benches. You have to cross the grass, walk up the stairs, and walk up the road back to the starting point.
Overall, I really enjoyed hiking through this forest-y loop and stopping at the lookout points. I am curious to check out the surrounding state park!