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Best trails in Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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Explore the most popular trails in Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Spitting Cave
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
Waves pound into the layered shoreline known as the China Wall and high surf causes tremors in the ground. Jumping off the shore is not recommended. High cliffs above the Spitting Cave are dangerous. An extremely scenic spot. The area known as the China Wall and Spitting Cave is located east of Honolulu on Oaha and has been used many times for filming TV shows like LOST, The Event and Off the Map. The area is a geological masterpiece with multiple slick rock layers caused by surf erosion. The China Wall access from Koko Kai Beach Park allows access to a shelf where waves slide past with great force - watch out for rogue waves on this lower side of the China Wall. The Spitting Cave is east of Koko Kai and accessed via a short path near the end of Hanapepe Place. It is located just below a high cliff where waves crash underneath and shoot into the cave which ejects the water like a reverse blowhole. You get a great view from the rock head to the west of the high cliff. Very cool! Be careful, the cliffs are dangerous. Just past the cave are ladders where the "Others" frequented during many LOST seasons. This short jaunt gives you a great taste of raw Hawaii and the power of its surf.Show more
#2 - Hanauma Bay Lookout
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 27 m
#3 - Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
NOTE: As of June 2020, users have reported that hikers are getting citations for hiking this trail. This trail is also called the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail. This trail is located to the west of Hanauma Bay. Koko Head is often mistaken for Koko Crater. This one is on the makai (ocean) side of the state and national parks and is not the tuff cone with the railway line. This lesser known trail starts at the Hanauma Bay bus stop with a road that leads up the hill towards the ocean. Note that this is not a public area, so visit at your own risk. This trail has no cover so bring lots of sun screen. It is also normally very windy. The main attractions are the four leaf clover bloom in the spring and a sea cliff rock bridge that is located just past Pai'olu'olu Point.Show more
#4 - Palea Point Loop [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 34 m
Note: As of September 27, 2020, users have reported that this trail is CLOSED and within PRIVATE PROPERTY. For further information, please consult the park's website here: https://hanaumabaystatepark.com/ This is a nice option to get away from the crowds and view the sea cliffs from up close! Show more