Forested area on a cinder cone close to downtown Honolulu. Lookout provides sweeping view of southern O'ahu from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor, including Honolulu and Manoa Valley. Picnic shelters available. Trailhead for 'Ualaka'a Loop Trail (1-mile loop).
super fun hike. I've done it several times. from pu'u ohia trail head to summit k2. only 2 hrs. I wouldn't say this is a dangerous hike at all. there are two routes you can take now. hard to explain but after the lookout of the reservoir you start on the trail head. after 5 mins on that trail you come to a fork in the trail. the left side is the more challenging one because it takes u along the side of the ridge line and that's where u experience the mud slides that have destroyed much of that trail. the right side of the trail back at the fork is safer and keeps u right on top of the ridge the whole time. there are a couple secret waterfalls. very difficult and time consuming to get to. elua pohaku falls has two very large boulders and is very unique but u have to take the water stream up to the top of the mountain to get there. no trail, just straight hike through the running water the whole way till u reach the two huge rocks... elua pohaku " two rocks" in Hawaiian. this is new to my knowledge no one knows of this and I believe I was the first to discover it on 9/26/16. good luck finding it.
Underestimated the trail. My route started on kalawahine trail to Puuloa flats to the lookout to about 2200 feet up right before the last major climb to K2. Both Kalawahine and Puuloa Flats were trail runnable which is exactly what i did all the way to the lookout. The difficulty spikes to advanced at this point. I was hugging the hills on all of my climb due to the wind, rain, and steep angle of ascent. I regretted running half the trail as i was feeling it about 2200 ft, looking directly at the final climb before K2. took a little under 3 hours with a break at my highest point. will save my energy next time and go slower to get to the top.
This hike was unbelievable. Took us around 8 hours due to rains that hit and the incredible terrain. Felt like a mud run. For anyone looking for a real good adventure, this is more fun with wet conditions.
The first two hours has amazing roots and trippy looking things that catch your eye, along with the bamboo forest!
Well worth the hike, although both peaks were socked in fog, so no views. Took about 5.5 hours starting from Kalawahine Trail. Did it with Oahu Hikers & Adventurers -- a totally awesome hiking group from meetup.com. I only recommend this hike for advanced hikers. People have died on this trail.
Went hiking with the Boy Scouts I work with to finish off the hiking merit badge. We needed another 10 mile hike, and this was a great choice. To hike this trail, you start on the Kamananui trail and hike about 3 miles until you get to the Kulana'ahane trail sign. It is clearly marked on the left. The trail immediately crosses the stream and continues on into the woods. Don't be fooled by the beginning; the trail is well marked and easy to hike. Here is my review of the Kulana'ahane section of the trail (you can also read my review of the Kamananui section on this website):
Length: 2 miles (one-way)
Terrain: gentle rise/fall
Facilities: Bathroom at the parking lot of the Kamananui trail
- Very easy trail, if you don't go beyond the state maintenance area.
- Lots of vegetation for cover from the sun.
- Some areas of the trail give you the feeling of exploring through a jungle.
- Stream crossings allow for water collection if necessary.
- Some places allow camping!
The Not so Good:
- Bugs. Bring spray.
- Stream crossings. We must have crossed that thing 20+ times. We lost count. We hiked it during a dry spell, so it was no big deal. If you hike this after it has rained a lot, be prepared to get wet. The trail may even be impassable, so take care.
- There is no real "destination" at the end of the maintained section. There is a stream with a small pool, but that is it.
Bottom Line: Great trail for a family hike (if the distance is okay). Easy to follow; rise/fall in elevation is easy. I'd go here again with a mountain bike! Also, the park is open from 7am-7pm, but we went at 6am and the gate was open.
NOTE: At the end of the maintained trail, if you continue to follow the stream bed and stay to the right, you will come to a large waterfall. It was dry when we hiked the trail, but it may be flowing after it rains. We hiked on land past the maintained section and it started to go straight up the ridge. This is where we got the view of the dry waterfall.