Puu O Hulu is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Hawaii 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.
Great little hike. My 3 year old championed this and did not consider it her hardest hike. So I agree it's easy. Going down was a little tougher for her but I only had to lift her a couple times and as she said "see, we didn't need any bandaids, that was tricky but we did it!" We explored three of the fighting positions and ate a pancake breakfast at the top. There is loose rock and gravel on parts of the trail but plenty of room along the whole trail.
Didn't know this trail had a name besides Maili Pillbox trail. Although this is a short hike it is very steep. I wouldn't call it easy. The breeze at the top and the beautiful view make it well worth the hot steep climb.
easy hike, breathe taking view at the top, gorgeous sunset
Amazing view at the end of a relatively simple hike. Also a great place to whale watch during whale season! Definitely dog friendly as well just remember to bring ample water.
Nice views. There are some really steep sections of the trail. Gets the heart pumping. Bunkers at the top were fun to climb around and look at views from. Older kids only. Again, hike is steep.
Great hike. Brought our dogs and they loved it. Went later in the morning and was breezy but could see it could definitely get hotter.
very beautiful views!!!! loved it all. quite a work out going up and it was pretty steep inclines sometimes. Please find a safe parking spot. We parked at the entrance of the trail and my husbands truck got broken into and the stereo he just got for christmas was stolen. They tried to steal the truck but were unsuccessful. wouldnt recommend it for young children either.
A beautiful view from the top.
Steep in some places.
Steep, dry and rocky. A good workout for a short hike. The views are fantastic and the pillbox structures are cool feature. I'll definitely do it again and again.
Can get a little crowded but it's an easy hike up for nice sunset views of Nanakuli and Maile.
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.