Puu O Hulu is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, HI that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from January until January.
This is one of the shortest hikes on Oahu. For many the drive out to this location will take longer than the hike up to the top of Puu O Hulu. Be prepared for a hot and dry climb to a set of bunkers with some of the best views of Nanakuli and Waianae. Puu O Hulu is a small ridge that is situated on the ocean side between Nanakuli and Ma'ili. It is clearly distinguishable from its double back that makes it look like a camel's hump with a water tank lodged in the middle. This split between the ocean side (kai) versus the inland side (uka) makes for an interesting hike albeit an very open exposed ridge hike. It can get narrow in certain spots with drop offs to the left and right; though nothing dangerous. There are a number of bunkers at the top with the most spectacular pillbox painted a hot pink(!) Take your time to enjoy the 360 degree views. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kaena Point in the west, Mount Kaala in the North and Kapolei/Campbell Industrial Park in the south.
Quick and Easy with excellent views.
Says it is kid friendly but the trail can be steep and have loose footing with the sand/gravel over the rocks. Good hike and doesn't take that long.
Turn off of Farrington onto Kaukama Rd. Parking is along the street. There is no sign (or restrooms, water, etc) at trailhead. We went as a family (w/a 7 & 12 year old). This is pretty straight up. Wouldn't recommend for little kids or going on a rainy day.
We went in the morning and had a little bit more shade before the sun made it fully over that mountain. Great views at the top. There are a few pillboxes you can go in to check out.
Good hike, easy but intense workout. Beautiful views
Love this hike. Easy and fun
This wasn't a bad hike at all. It took my g/f and I about 40 mins to hike up to the top. It was a hot hike so definitely bring some water for the way up. There's a few shady areas on the way up to stop and take water breaks. The views at the top are pretty good, I could only imagine what sunset would be like up there with the sun setting in the ocean. Super windy at the top but that really felt good. I would do this again just for the workout and the view.
The trail is okay, shorter than it looks, strenuous, nothing much else to note. Very dry, and 98% of the trail is exposed except for the shade you get from the bunkers at the top.
There can be a ridiculous amount of trash along the trail. I filled two grocery bags with plastic water bottles in a day I wasn't even trying to pick up trash. Mostly locals use this trail, embarrassing.
Great views of the West side though, easy beginner hike. Pick up after yourself, respect the land.
It's a short and inclined hike. If you want a quick cardio workout, this hike is perfect.
Other than the relatively short distance this hike is hardly easy. It's rather strenuous because your climbing over 700 feet in less than a mile.
It's rocky and uneven terrain and near the top the trail gets narrow with steep drop - offs.
Several ww2 Era bunkers near the summit that made the hike that much more interesting.
Spectacular views at the summit. This climb was a great morning workout for a tourist looking for adventure.
Nice short hike, good work out with good incline. I even double backed this one. After you do it a few times becomes really boring. Super hot! Strenuous for non hikers or if you're not in any type of shape. Nice view at the top though. During the whale season you can spot whales from up top!
It is definitely not for beginners and not an easy climb up/down but an Amazing view!
It's a fairly short but challenging walk to the top. Not really for beginners but the view is worth the climb.
Amazing view at the top. Just make sure you take the right trail.
Took 30 minutes to get to the top. Did not feel like an "easy" hike on the way up. Had to stop and rest a few times. Loose gravel, winding trail, lots of rocks. But the view was worth it. Bring water.