Puu O Hulu

EASY 29 reviews

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.

1.9 miles 702 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

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rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
2 days ago

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.

hiking
5 days ago

It's a short and inclined hike. If you want a quick cardio workout, this hike is perfect.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

It is definitely not for beginners and not an easy climb up/down but an Amazing view!

2 months ago

It's a fairly short but challenging walk to the top. Not really for beginners but the view is worth the climb.

2 months ago

Amazing view at the top. Just make sure you take the right trail.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

canoeing
2 months ago

This hike is sooooooooooo hot!!! I recommend going for the sunset.

hiking
4 months ago

It was great; definitely a hike you can do with your family. The views were amazing. It's great to do at sunrise or sunset.

hiking
4 months ago

I am not super duper fit, so this trail was not very easy for me. Steeeeeeeep climb with lots of loose gravel. I probably stopped 3-4 times on the way up to catch my breath and drink water. (It is hot!) My brother in law made me a walking stick for the way down. Worth it for the views though! Took us about 45mins up and 30 back down, with a nice break at the pink pillbox. Will do this one again.

hiking
4 months ago

Good starter hike on the Kai side....can go onto the Uka side if you want, little more ridgeline there, can be a little dangerous if the wind is gusting above 20mph. On a clear day good views of Pu'u Heleakala, Pu'u Palikea, Mount Ka'ala, Waianae Kai range....

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy quick trail with really cool views of the valley and ocean. We made it up in 15 minutes (running to catch the sunset) but probably takes the average person 30 minutes or so

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous! We took the shorter, steeper route up and the easier switchback trail back down. Beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

Looooved this hike! You really need to focus on where you are stepping because the dirt is very slick. Up isn't so bad but down was a tad hard on my knees. The views are amazing! The first pill box was easy to get on top of and snap pics but you can't get on the pink one.
Such an amazing view! There were some little kiddos on the hike but I personally wouldn't take my 6 year old but I think my 12 year old would be fine. Highly recommend this hike!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Short, Not hard, Not dangerous, GREAT view!!

6 months ago

It was not an easy hike for beginners, pretty steep. But with beautiful views. Take plenty of water.