Waiakoa Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kula, HI that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Kahului: Take Highway 37 past Pukalani to the second junction of Highway 377. Turn left on 377 for about 0.3 mile, then right on Waipoli Road. This becomes Polipoli Access Road at the first cattle guard and climbs up the mountain through a long series of switchbacks until it enters the forest at 6,400 elevation.
Nice overall hike. We drove up to the hunting hut checkin point. You can park directly below the hut off the road. You need to walk in 0.8 miles along the dirt road before you reach the actual trail head. If you have 4 wheel drive, you can drive to trail head.
It's a loop trail so read the sign/map to ensure you know where you're heading. Take a picture of the map at the trailhead to ensure you know which trail to take. The north fork splits after a short distance in, but it's not clearly marked. This is where the map helped.
The trail is in kula which is higher in elevation. Give yourself time to walk slower, bring water, and an extra shirt or layer in case it gets cold. The hike is mostly under a canopy.
The overall trail is easy to moderate. There is some elevation gain and loss, but not strenuous. The Trail relatively well maintained.
We went during pig hunting season. It unnerved me a bit to know there might be hunters in the area. But stay on the trail and you should be fine.
Overall, good moderate hike. This is actually a 2.8 mile loop. Not 6 miles like the description says. The trails aren't marked well as you get deeper in, so you need to pay attention. We almost went off the trail at two spots on the North end where the trail starts to descend. You'll also need to be prepared to go around/over downed trees.
We started this three mike loop at the hunter sign in station, well marked and other than the one pig and one cow we had the trail o ourselves.