Explore the most popular walking trails in Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

It rained while I was arriving and everything was very slippery.
The ropes appear to be in good condition. Some of the roots and limbs are loose so definitely check them before relying on them.
You are definitely going to use your hands and you will get dirty/muddy. So just be prepared knowing that.... I saw a few there who seemed surprised that they were going to have to use hands and get their clothes dirty.
Beautiful views starting very early into the climb.

Insane views.

You must look for the tree on the right.. don’t pass it or you’ll be hiking for hours.

Fun little trail. You can't fully see the waterfall at the end, and there are some low branches that make it more challenging hiking with kids on your back.

Waited all week for a clear day to make it to k1/2 with no avail decided to go on a windy rainy day. Made it to notch 1 but with no views and conditions I'll save it for a future trip. I would rate extreme hike with rain and high wind there are points with sheer drops and low visibility. Awesome hike definitely worth going.

Using this app was a life saver otherwise very confusing trail.

Amazing flowers and plants. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Starts just to the right when walking toward Pali Lookout. Don't let the distance and elevation of this hike deceive you into thinking its quick and easy. Its steep with elements of rock climbing mixed in. I would recommend leaving this one alone if it's raining or just rained. That being said, one of the coolest hikes you can do on a nice day!

Very beautiful hike. They did update the gate outside the Pali lookout, but still somewhat easy to sneak through the sides on the gate.

waited all week for a clear day to climb chimney to k1. unfortunately weather wasn't on my side. hiked to notch 1 in the rain and wind. hard hike with the weather but worth it even without the best views.

It was rainy and muddy, and we loved it. The falls were really flowing. I took my 1.5 and 3 year old daughter. I did have to carry them for a lot of the trail because it was a lot of uphill and conditions were wet, but it was worth it. I’d do it in the rain again any day.

Awesome hike, go from Lulumahu Falls Trail, the hike is a bit more adventurous.

we couldn't find the trail head and no idea we had to go over a fence maybe

It was a fun hike with the family. However,it had just rained the previous day and the trail was very muddy and a bit slippery at times. Be certain to wear some waterproof shoes if you don’t want swamp foot halfway through your trek.

Can anyone tell me how to get to the Pali notches? I completed Pali pika but idk how to get to the notches

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike for all skill levels. The waterfall was quite thick and made for great fun and pictures. Make sure, Make sure, Make sure you turn right after the tunnel of trees along the large rock path where the large tree sits. It has lots of graffiti on it, a couple arrows, and a very large limb that points in the direction of the falls.

A new fav, will go again.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this one sometime in January. The hike is not challenging and the reward is a lovely waterfall. Check other reviews for directions, as it's easy to go the wrong way.

Amazing hike, want to go up the chimney but was trying to research whether the rope that’s up there now is good, anyone have any insight?

hiking
2 months ago

Family favorite.

They did put up a gate, making it way harder to get passed, unless you’re daring. So disappointing because this was one of my favorites.

hiking
2 months ago

Probably posting in the wrong spot, but does anyone want to do this hike or the Pali Pula hike Thursday March 8, 2017 ?

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hiking
2 months ago

Very nice and relaxing hike. I will be doing this again soon. It was wet before I got there and it poured rain while hiking out but I still loved every bit of it!

on Likeke Falls Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Super awesome falls. Its easy to get lost so here’s some good directions. I hiked so much more Han needed due to hard to find based on it’s all jungle and blend. Someone recent posted directions so park at the Koolou golf course as you face mountains trail starts upper left corner. When you get to the graffiti tank take a left follow the rocky road up. .1 miles later there a big tree to right of you with a arrow carved in pointing right. Go right. Walk 2 mins and there it is! Super beautiful

I ran this trail in reverse, from Waimanalo to Pali Lookout. It had been raining for the past 2 days so it was quite slippery but otherwise it was a great time. It is definitely more challenging in reverse as it it goes up hill most of the way. It totaled out at just under 20 kilometers.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views for a short hike

hiking
3 months ago

This is not a difficult hike. It is slightly vertical in parts and the beginning is slippery due to the moisture/mud. Once that is cleared, the hike is really nice. It has enough plateaus allowing for plenty of rest.
I would suggest taking your time and making sure your feet are where you think they are. There are plenty of well anchored ropes (I added one today) to help you along your way.
I don't think spikes are needed. I started early in the morning with the intent of spending my entire day doing this hike. I really planned to go that slow. I ended up completing it in just a few hours.
If you go in the morning and it is chilly, mind the bees. They are everywhere on the sunny side of the rocks trying to get warm. While climbing up/down, it would be easy to crush one or get stung by one. Either way, that ain't good.

Attached is the video I made with my drone and iPhone. There would have been more but, my drone stopped filming, it all of a sudden needed a firmware update in the middle of my hike.

Enjoy this great trail and remember, take your time and it won't be as difficult as everyone says it is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTg0YXKa4rk

hiking
3 months ago

Incredibly steep climb, better you do it in trail shoes with grip, but my friends got in done in normal running shoes, just more cautiously. Normal start was closed off, with signs and branches blocking your way, but you can enter in the bottom corner of the parking lot and go up a drainage channel to join the path, which technically means you’ve not ignored a sign by entering illegally.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike, much more harder then the opposite ridge (Pali Puka trail). Would rate it as extreme (we had slightly rainy day)! Trekking poles are a must. It was very hard from beginning because the official way up was extremely muddy without trees, so cannot catch anything (there are other starting points closer to the lookout, but they are marked as illegal). Then it is followed by a section with trees where you will use them to continue in really steep areas. Almost at the end is rock climbing chimney, be careful there, very dangerous when climbing down, if you have fear, don't do it, stop there, there is nothing that special few meters up. Anyway - very challenging and enjoyable trail!

Awesome hike when it’s dry, the road and terrain gets muddy and slippery when wet, take caution.

Easily one of my favs! Short, intense hike that gains elevation super fast, be prepared to climb tall man made rock formations with a rope someone else placed there.

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