Maunalaha, Makiki Valley, and Kanealole Trails Loop

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Maunalaha, Makiki Valley, and Kanealole Trails Loop is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,115 feet Route Type: Loop

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kid friendly

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Directions from The intersection of Nehoa and Makiki Streets in Honolulu: Proceed mauka and turn left on Makiki Heights Drive. Continue for approximately 0.5 mile until the road makes a sharp left turn (look for a row of mailboxes on the right side of the road). Proceed straight ahead past the mailboxes through a green gate. There is a sign that says, Makiki Forest Recreation Area. Proceed mauka, past the Nature Center until you encounter the Forestry and Wildlife baseyard. Hiker parking is in the lot to the right of the baseyard.

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1 day ago

Great 17 trail system! Started from Kanealole left side up to Makiki tantalus trailhead and then down left and up to Nahuina tantalus trailhead (1 hr, 3mi) back down and took Makiki trail to Maunalaha trail back to Nature Center (total 6mi, 2.5hr). Has both muddy rainforest and nice woods

Good little hike. You don’t have much of a view but it’s shaded the entire time. Good challenge for beginners

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29 days ago

This hike was very pretty and easy to find. Really shows some awesome vegetation here in Hawaii and cool jungle close to Honolulu. My friends and I took the bus to get there so it was an easy accessible trail. As far as view points there wasn’t that many..there are some water features along the trail, and one or two spots to see a lot of jungle views. The trail was VERY muddy, so wear good shoes otherwise you will be slipping and sliding a lot. And very buggy (I got at least 10 mosquito bites).

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1 month ago

Nice, pretty steep hike. A bit muddy and no spectacular views, but a great work out with some lovely foliage.

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1 month ago

Super muddy one of the most muddy hikes I’ve done but we have gotten a lot of rain lately haha but I seen a few people doing this with a dog nice hike I did the loop in about hour half if u like to look around and stop give ur self 2 hours and like 15 mins if ur on a time crunch nice views at points and cool plants tons of shade

1 month ago

Très beau sentier à découvrir. Un vrai plaisir de se promener au milieu de cette végétation.

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1 month ago

Maunalaha/Kanealole Loop Trail Google “Hawaii Nature Center” and it’s going to take you up Makiki Heights drive and it will say “go straight” which takes you to a dirt/paved road which will take you directly to the parking area (on the left side). There’s lots of parking. BRING (at least): Hiking sticks, good hiking shoes and mosquito repellent You’re going to up the Makiki Aboretum Trail (they don’t want you walking up the service road). Just follow the trail and it will take you to the bathroom/shoe washing area. Go past the bathroom and over the bridge and head up to the split (with a sign AND a bench lol) (Picture 1). As we were ascending there was a side trail to the right (which was the wrong way and we ended up going back) and eventually we got to the correct area. When you get to the sign and bench, GO RIGHT. Listen to all the other reviews about going counter clockwise. It is much easier on the knees when coming back down the other way, SO MUCH easier. I thank other reviewers for suggesting counterclockwise. While ascending up the hill, there are lots of roots so you can use that like stairs. We did this in January so it’s wet season, meaning lots of mud so prepare to get muddy. Most of the entire trail was muddy. Keep ascending and eventually you’ll pass areas with lots of large rocks, large rock faces and some boulders and just keep trekking. The path itself is easy to follow. Photos 2-4. Eventually, when you get to the top, you get to a rest area with a few chairs, a map, and several trails leading elsewhere (photo 5). The trail with map sign next to it is what you want to take. The trail is still muddy and easy to follow. Continue past the “Falling Rocks” sign (we got confused there because it looked like there was another side trail). Eventually you’ll get to the end (which for the most part was a gentle slope going down) with a couple of red looking bridges and eventually you’ll get back to the beginning with you started at the sign and the bench. In the end, it was a good hike with lots of different flora, most of which are invasive like the vines you’ll see all over the place that are essentially choking out the trees. This is good for dogs on a leash (we had 2 dachshunds and a terrier) who all got VERY muddy and they did very well. For the loop trail there really isn’t any major views to see but otherwise a very pretty hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

Bring mosquito repellent! Beautiful.

Good trail. Well maintained and trafficked. Super muddy in places. Gnat swarms early on.

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1 month ago

Easy parking. Signs ask hikers to stay off access road and use nature walk to get to trailhead. Highly recommend bug spray, even with this we got a few bites. As it is winter, light rain is the norm here so the trails were very muddy. The pup required a few scrub downs to be clean after! Hiked counterclockwise. Muddiest on first trail. I might recommend reversing direction as going down on the very rooty trail was a trial for knees. Overall took just over 2 hrs with a curious dog.

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2 months ago

I been to this hike so many times back in the day but the reason why I always came to this hike is because of the secret passage to get to the waterfall which is worth the hike other than hiking around the loop. The tip is when you see a stream with water flowing continuously, there should be a path on the right side of the trail and you have to walk thru the water streaming as-well. It will only take you about 5 minutes to get to the waterfall and by all means it worth the trip. Just keep a lookout on that path when you see and hear water flowing through the streams. If you wanna know more about this path to the secret waterfall just let me know. (Gmail: jerome.aaroni97@gmail.com)

Nice loop trail with access to additional trials along the way. Can get muddy so wear appropriate shoes

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