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.
Not for the faint-hearted, or anyone who isn't very confident climbing. We did the saddle trail, and it was a big mistake. Starting from the park and following the stream takes you to a flash flood sign about 2 or 3 miles into the trail. DO NOT TURN LEFT DIRECTLY AT THE FLASH FLOOD SIGN. I can't emphasize that enough, unless you're ready for extreme climbs and tiny ledges with huge drops. My group took this route and regretted it after following the flash flood sign directly left. It took us another 2.5 miles to clear the jungley parts and get onto the ridge. From there things got very dicey with a tiny trail with huge consequences on each side. We scaled a ledge and realized we couldn't do it, and my group was all very experienced hikers. Look up the article from unreal hawaii ( http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/07/moanalua-saddle-to-haiku-stairs/) to see if that's what you want.
Take the left about 20 feet after the flash flood sign to have a safer hike.
Hi, I have not done this hike as yet but am coming over in April from AU - I will have two full days to hike the 7th and 8th April and would like to do this one of the days. If there are any locals that feel like they would love to come with and make sure I don't get lost it would be appreciated. You can email me on email@example.com - thank you in advance.
I did this hike on 8 Jan 2017. I looked at a few reviews and decided to go. Most of the reviews claim this hike to be hard, it's not. It's long, there is a difference. I could not find the inside ridge, which is what a lot of people take going up and down, so I went up the outside ridge. It was fairly level for the first 3.5 miles. The last bit was a lot of switch backs, some nearly vertical. There were plenty of ropes to help during the ascend. The ones I needed, I used and the ones I didn't, I didn't. The elevation changed by approximately 1300 feet in a short amount of time on the outside ridge. The inside ridge is more of a constant slope, which is the way I went down.
In addition to food and water, I would suggest a pair of gloves for the ropes. They aren't a must have but, I sure wish I had mine when I was descending.
The views were simply amazing.
It took me 5 1/2 hours to complete this hike, I hiked this alone, which is always faster then in a group. I didn't do anything special, I stopped for a snack 1/2 way up and at the top I had lunch and relaxed for about 15 minutes before going down.
The link to my video of my hike.
This is a great hike, enjoy.