Friendship Gardens Trail is a 0.6 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 km Elevation Gain: 54 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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bugs
over grown
5 days ago

7 days ago

Nice trail with a few good lookout points. If you hike all the way to the end you can overlook the Quarry. I run this trail frequently but wish people had the common courtesy to pick up their dog poop stepped in a few piles on the last two times I have gone there have been multiple doggy bags left on the trail and some not even picked up.

A very nice hike through the woods. Grab a map on your way up at the shed. If you just do the Friendship trail proper you don't need long pants. Trail was well maintained.

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bugs
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rocky
29 days ago

The trail head is on the side of the road with limited and narrow parking. Nice walking on the path with plenty of shades. Beautiful view of Kaneohe bay, coconut island and marine base. If you continue on to a higher vista point, there are quite a bit of steep incline with loose rocks. Ropes are tied to the trees in some part of the trails so it helps both on the way up and down. Wear long pants, overgrown bushes and plenty bugs. Good, short, pleasant hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

recorded Oneawa Hills

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over grown
1 month ago

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scramble
2 months ago

The loop trail is alright but a little too easy. I enjoyed taking a turnoff at the top of the loop to get to a longer more exciting trail.

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2 months ago

Seriously overgrown and not marked well. Doing the loop was risky, not much trail to navigate down. Bring lots of water.

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3 months ago

Nice Hike. Short. Easy. Beautiful views.

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3 months ago

I agree with most all the reviews here but want to add that it was hard for me to find the trailhead as it is very overgrown from the street. It is directly opposite the house with the 219 address so look for that. The sign is very mossy so keep an eye out for that as well. I personally found the trail to be quick yet pleasantly challenging; provides a nice little workout close to home.

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4 months ago

Good starter hike with options to go higher and farther at the top of the loop.

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over grown
4 months ago

nice trail, short and a little overgrown, vistas are few and far in-between. kids will love the bamboo forrest

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4 months ago

This is a quick trail mostly shaded except for a couple of lookout points. We went to top, but trail thinned and we turned back. The recent rains made it slick, but not too muddy. Ropes were there to support steeper inclines. Beautiful views of Kaneohe Bay.

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5 months ago

How is rope climbing easy you are probably not going to the top top

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muddy
6 months ago

Short trail with an easy to follow path and lots of shade. Not a whole lot to see, although many of the trees were labeled. There’s a nice view of Kaneohe Bay at the lookout. It’s really more of a nature walk than a hike and the signs warning about ticketing if you park at all on the paved road made me nervous.

6 months ago

Our favorite on the island so far. Great views but parking is sooooo limited.

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8 months ago

This is a pretty easy, cool trail with many different sections and cool plants. The bamboo forest is really interesting to walk through. It's good to go once or twice for a quick, easy nature hike.

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10 months ago

Had a lot of fun hiking this with my best friend and her two kids (1.5 and 9). Wear bug repellant. Views are beautiful, buildings are beautiful and show history. Parking is not fun. Be sure and stay in the dirt.

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11 months ago

This is a short hike near the Byodo In Temple. There are some nice flowers and a pretty nice view of Kaneohe Bay. Good for a quick stop.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

A beautiful track. Not sure if the map is accurate, there are also a few other side tracks but I followed the main track at all times, turned left and then left before a large Chinese banyan and entered the Chinese bamboo garden then followed up and went left again to the lookout, I then tracked back along the ridge and climbed through grassy track upward steel incline with assistance of the ropes and my walking stick. I then came to a fenced off power area/a grassy clearing and turned around back that way I had come, then past the first view point and back onto the loop, and kept to the main path the whole time. There was what looked like a steep path down past the fenced off power (which I thought might complete the loop) but I ran into a local who advised to go back the way we’d walked, so I did. On the way down there were heaps of large pines, very different to the way up. Birds singing. Just gorgeous. Enjoy.

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Monday, April 02, 2018

Did this trail yesterday with some friends. The small loop .04 mile trail is very beautiful, it takes you thru very big pines, a bamboo grove and wild flowers. At the first look out point you take great pictures of Kaneohe bay. The second look out point offers a better view of the Kailua side and a chance of a panoramic view of Kaneohe and Kailua. To get to the second point is a little challenging. There are plenty of ropes and roots to help with the climb. This trail will take you along the ridge towards the Kailua quarry. We didn’t go past the antenna tower. There is limited parking at the trail head, be a good steward and park properly. Also, be mind-full of the neighbors minimize your noise foot print.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Unique garden trail but path was blocked due to recent storms. It was in the process of being cleaned up as sections were roped off, so give it a few days.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Easy hike. The additional hike up the ridge is fun and was accomplished by a 12 and 8 year old.

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

The kids and I needed a fun, quick excursion to get us out of the house, and this was the perfect fix! They love the tropical rainforest feel of the over growth, bamboo forest, and lots of unique plants. Some of the vegetation is marked, but most isn’t. There are two steeper points (easily tackled by a 3 & 5 year old with a little reminder to watch their step), and the views from the top are pretty beautiful. There happened to be a few sail boats on the water! Parking wasn’t an issue for us since we came during the week, but it will definitely require planning for most people. There are two small dirt spots right at the start of the stairs leading into the trail (tiny overgrown sign marking), and there seems to be a few more dirt areas where people routinely park. However, be very careful that every inch of your car is on the dirt and not the pavement or else you’ll get a ticket. There are signs everywhere with that warning! It’s a heck of an uphill hike if you can’t park at the trail head...be prepared for a harder hike to get started than the trail itself!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The trail is well kept and the view from the lookout over the bay is great. It's easy enough that my 6 and 3.5 year olds were able to go around twice and they wanted to go again. There's a structure about midway that has benches, where you can sit and have lunch or a snack or wait out the Windward and Mauka showers. We'll definitely go again. Use mosquito repellant. Especially if you will be going through the bamboo area. This trail connects to a trail leading up to the ridge. There's a lot of California grass and it's pretty steep. It would've been difficult to get the kids back down, so we didn't go. The biggest negative for this hike is parking. there's space for MAYBE two cars. It's a very narrow road without shoulders.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Great short trail with limited parking. My toddler was able to walk all of the trail with some assistance. Awesome view at top of the loop.

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