Pauoa Woods is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, HI that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
This loop trail is a combo hike that connects Kalawahine, Pauoa Flats, and Nuuanu trails, with Pauoa Ridge and Valley sections. This combination provides for some great views, steep ridge hiking, bamboo bush whacking, stream hopping and some interesting valley to ridge climbs. There are two springs in Pauoa Valley that feed the waterworks pumping stations in this area. The stream now dry is called Pauoa Stream. At the furthest point at the back of the valley there is a waterfall that is about 60 feet high. This hike takes one past the upper drop off point of the falls. Unfortunately, it is usually dry and requires pretty heavy rains in order to have some flows. The hike itself is truly a woods walk, taking the trail through native Ti, strawberry guava, and bamboo forests. Some sections are steep and slippery; so be careful. The upper ridge section is narrow and can at times be overgrown. In all it is an interesting variation of the existing trails, adding a little of a challenge to a regular hike. Do the trail anti-clock wise.