Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area is a 384-acre park located approximately 12 miles from Waikiki. Keawa Heiau is located at the park entry. Continue along the paved park road to the campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailhead for the 'Aiea Loop Trail. Groves of Norfolk pines and eucalyptus trees create a forest recreation environment on the hills above the town of 'Aiea and Pearl Harbor. A resident caretaker near the front gate should be contacted in the event of emergencies.
Disclaimer: I hike quite often, love solitude and I love ass-kicking hikes.
That being said, this hike was incredible! I hiked it alone and only ran into about 20 people total, most of them were already at the Haiku Stairs.
Be sure to NOT take a left at the sign (about 2.7 miles into the hike) - unless you like trying to scale cliffs. Instead, walk 15 feet past the sign and take a left at the unmarked trial.
The second half of the trial can be a bit steep and slippery, so I'd recommend hiking boots and taking it slow. The ascent and decent took me a little less than five hours, excluding my breaks and the time I spent at the top.
I did the whole 10 miles, there and back, but most people started on the trail and went down Haiku Stairs.
The hike is definitely not easy, but it's certainly not impossible. Great workout!
Finished this trail for the second time yesterday. Definitely one of my favorites. You can go at any pace! Great views of the valleys and of H3 going in to the mountains. You can find the plane that crashed. Climb over and under a few fallen trees. Find some dairy doors. Great for bird watching and identifying plants! Both times I've gone, I brought my 3 year old and had a blast. She walked most and I had to put her in the carrier a couple of times. Just bring lots if extra water and snacks if you bring your kids. Make sure to bring lots of bug spray as well, the bugs can be brutal. This is a dog friendly hike as well, again, just bring extra water for them!
Best hike on the island!!!! From one side of the island down the stairs to the other side!! 6-8 hours total hike time, and that's a slow pace, just relaxing and hiking!!! I recommend doing this hike on a very rainy day!!!! Get the full experience of this hike, and then do it on a nice clear sunny day to appreciate how hard it is
Second time to this hike. The trail was in very good condition due to generally good weather the week before today. During my last trip to this hike the bottom of the ridge nearing the end was made especially difficult due to a high amount of mud. This time around it wasn't an issue at all. Passages aren't too narrow and easy to navigate through but there are a few downed trees which you have to go under or over which could be an issue for people carrying small children or a lot of gear. A friend and I completed this hike in 2.5 hours with stops to rest and for photo opportunities. Not the most incredible open views, but the ones that you do see are very nice ones of the valley and of H3. Looking forward to doing this hike again.