Kuaokala Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Kuaokala Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waialua, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

4.4 miles 921 feet Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips



wild flowers



over grown



washed out

no dogs

Directions from Honolulu: Drive towards Kaena Point on Farrington Highway until you reach Yokohama Bay. Turn right and check in with your permit at the security guard station. Proceed up the road until you get to the intersection with the second guard shack on the left. Turn right at the stop sign and proceed past the Kaena Point Tracking Station. Once past the tracking station, the road curves to the left and you will pass another intersection on the right. Adjacent to the next intersection is a large dirt parking area. Park in this lot, which is located to the left of the unpaved road that descends down into Manini Gulch. The trail starts directly to the right side of the road.

1 month ago

Road access is controlled by the Air Force and is closed some days. It is required that you print a hiking permit at home and bring it with you (camping.ehawaii.gov). More info at https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,31708.html.

2 months ago

I gave a 5 just for the smell at one point up there lol I believe it is Eucalyptus!! Loved it! Also start from Kealia and once you reach the gate turn right and there's a end point that way! (No end of trail sign there though)With Kealia it's a round trip just under 10 miles! Beast hike! Amazing work out! My go to! Love it!

5 months ago

Got to this section after starting at the Kealia trail, got a little lost and ran into many spider webs but it was silent up there - I passed maybe 2 people. Would definitely recommend this trail to true hikers! It was beautiful

9 months ago