Honopu Ridge is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waimea, HI that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.
Looking for a overlook with a nice view, this hike is for you. This trail has not been mantained for years, but volunteers have helped clear the trail. Wear long pants, ensure that you're well protected. There were pig hunters on the trail as well. It's well worth the hike.
The ferns are difficult to walk though - it's a fairly long trek through the bush. Do not overlook wearing long pants even in the heat or you will leave scratched up. The end result is spectacular and gives you incredible views of the na Pali coast.
It's an exhausting trek back up.
wonderful views at the end .. if it wasn't for the overgrowth of ferns it would be easier .. also halfway through the trail looks sketchy, loose footing on a cliff.. my 7 year old daughter managed easily... recommend only if you are in shape.
I don't have the gps track as it was impossible to get a signal uup here. There must be some jamming device causing this to happen.
The less travelled ridge trail along Na Pali coast. This one starts in Koke'e State Park at about 4000 feet. It is less travelled because it is not a tourist trail, but rather a hunter's trail and it is no longer maintained since it was damaged by Hurricane Iwa in 1982. It is only about 4.2 miles return, but it feels like 8. The elevation drops 1400 feet which means that on your way back it will be all up hill. This trail is rated as difficult because much of the trail is a bush whack through very high and dense Uluhe (a very thorny type of wild fern). But the end provides for a huge reward in the magnificent views that await. You can see Honopu Valley and its secluded beach (only accessible via a swim from the neighboring Kalalau Valley). At the end you also get a bi-coastal view of the Na Pali coast.
Very similar sort of hike to the Nualolo and Awaawapuhi trails - walking from the highway out along the ridgeline until the ridge gets sufficiently thin that it's not safe to walk any more. The difference, of course, is that each of these are on a different ridgeline. The Honopu trail offers something a little different, because at the end you can see down to Honopu beach, which is difficult (not to mention illegal) to get to any way other than swimming. So your only options for seeing it (and the ridge that splits the beach in two) is from a helicopter, a boat, or this hike. Looking down on the beach (and the helicopters) well beneath you is fascinating, and gives a great idea of scale. The view from Awaawapuhi is a bit wider (i.e., you can see a bit more side-to-side), but I liked this hike just as well because of the addition of the beach view.
Picture a trail that cuts through the forests and at the end before your very eyes below around 3000 feet below is the vast blue Pacific Ocean. This trail will not disappoint. Ensure to wear long pants and be aware that there are pig hunters on the trail. There are many tracks because of that, plus the pigs travel the trail as well. Ensure to stay on the most travelled trail and you will not wander off. Take plenty of water because the climb back up is around 1000 feet.