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Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 600 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy
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Also known as “Digging Hill".

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Ben Werth
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Jacob Wittig
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HikingGreat!

Great short hike with amazing ocean views from the pill box. There are several sections that are steep and dusty that would be very difficult to climb after rain.

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Kimo Villon
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Cassaundra Yeager
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HikingGreat!

By far one of the best sweat for views payoffs on the island! Nothing compares. Great for doggos. Do this on a clear, dry day. Hardest part is the beginning "cardiac hill", but it's definitely a piece of cake after you've done it on muddy days. Make sure to check out the bunkers & pillboxes along the way & at the end. Park at the McDonald's & walk back south on the same side of the street on 83. You'll see a muddy trail opening on your left hand side past the guardrails.

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Madison Hampp
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More inclines than we thought but still a moderate level hike with amazing views!

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Takeshi Yamada
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Good for beginners

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Sirens Song
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Christopher Lawless
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Ruth Baker
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Bo Ryals
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Hiking

Quick and easy out and back with an amazing view at the end.

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Edit Szomor
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It was only slightly muddy at the very beggining of the trail. It starts up as easy cruse which gets gradually to the moderate level as you get closer to the top where the view is spectacular. One of the best views of Oahu. Nice workout with amazing view, which fulfilled my soul for the day.

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Kamaile P
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Wasn’t rainy so it was a great hike today!

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Celeste Rubanick
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I waited for no recent rain before I did this hike, and conditions were perfect. Big uphills at the beginning and just before you reach the pillbox at the end, but worth every step! Lots of kids and dogs.

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Thom G.
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Hiking

really enjoyed the hike, great views. luckily a dry day so no mud, but I can see it being very muddy after/during a rain. short but with the up and down in elevation a good workout. the pill boxes have some great art in them, too. will definitely do again and bring friends visiting the island.

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Caleb Allen
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Best view of any hike we have done since we moved here! Bring your visitors to this one for sure.

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Jaime Vega
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HikingMuddy

Good for kids

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Jordan Alvarez
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Took us 2 hours roundtrip. Nice little hike. Awkward 5 minute walk along the guardrail by the highway. Walk on the inside. Mostly easy but the beginning is moderate due to incline and mud. There a few moderate incline sections that would be difficult for those who dont hike often. But we still came across a lot of kids and elderly. It's mostly shaded walk through the forest. At the end there are 2 bunkers. The first one is in the middle of nowhere but the second one has a neat view of this side of the island.

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Heyda Diaz
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Great to do with kids and dogs!

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Vanessa Cortez
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Shayla Moore
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Hiking

I absolutely loved this hike! This hike is a short trek up to WWII bunker with a beautiful view of Kaneohe Bay. The view from the top shows the different colors of the ocean as well as Chinaman’s Hat. Some mud, but there are ropes along the way in the slippery spots! Highly recommend!

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Ember Martin
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Kaile Wilson
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Scramble

Great hike. It's actually not private property if you don't try to go through the condos, even if you do you can't get to the trail that way the map is confusing about that. Park on public property, either legal street parking along Hui Wia St. its the loop off Kahekili where the Mc Donalds, shopping center and condos are on the makai side or in the shopping center. Not in the condo/apartment complexes even if there's spots open, leave those for residents so they can park where they live and not complain about the trail or try to shut it down. Don't park at the cemetary on the manuka side either From the walk to the intersection of Kahekilu and Hui Wia and walk south long the makai or in this case east side of the road, right after you pass the condos you'll see the trailhead to the left. Be careful when on the aide of the road. There is no trail sign or anything indicating something is there but you will be able to tell right after the condos and their cement drainage ditch the trail will be on your left, it's the only open space in the trees along the forest on that side. Once you've parked legally and responsibly and found the tricky trailhead it's a great hike. Definitely one of the few moderates here in Hawai'i. There's a decent sized incline at the start, in the middle and the hardest is at the end. However compared to most hikes here it is a gradual incline. There's trees shading you the entire way which is nice. It can get humid though on hot days since you don't get the trade winds until the top. About halfway up you can start seeing Kanehoe Bay and MCBH through the trees on the left. Ut disappears because of how thick the trees are and will come and go. At the end of the last and steepest incline you'll level off at a pill box and graffiti covered sign. You're still in the trees but about 50 feet ahead there's a clearance on top of another much bigger pillbox and you can see all of Kaneohe, all of MCBH and even He'ea Point to the North its stunning. Going down can be hard for people who struggled with the inclines to get down. There's ropes at these spots but I didn't use them up or down and not 74 year old dad only used then slightly going down. We are both locals, and experience hikers who try to stay in relatively good shape. We also gave hiking boots. It would be much slippery in regular running shoes and ridiculous in slippers. If it's raining hard or has been fir days and nights before like during winter I would stay away it'd be dangerous unless you're an expert. STAY AWAY FROM THIS TRAIL WHEN THERE'S BEEN HEAVY RAIN!! It's also sad there's some trees spray painted, plants with names carved into them and even more graffiti at the top. My kanaka brothers and sisters and other locals we need to have pride in our land, be stewards of it and make sure its protected. Younf people need to be exposed to this and acquire pride in our people and by extension our land, but that will take a lot if work to develop, and I'm developing a program to help kick start that. To sum it up GREAT and authentically MODERATE trail. Young kids like 5-6+ can do it on a dry day, my 74 year old dad with really bad knees and his back did it much quicker and with less pain than our expert hikes and even other intermediate ones. Dogs can do it but there's a lot of steep inclines with roots and ropes so on a dry day active medium sized and up dogs would probably love it, I'll test it with my rez rescue mutt whose about 49 lbs and part healer and terrier we think sometime. She would love it.

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Miri F
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Did this trail with our two year old. She walked 2/3 of the hike up and the rest I was baby wearing. Beautiful views

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Caleb Fairey
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Nice trail that you can bring kids on. Definitely recommend for families. Short enough to be quick but long enough to get a little work out

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Katherine Demers
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Great trail with two pillboxes (one along the way and another at the end). The view at the end is amazing and soooo worth it. Easy hike with some ropes placed to help in event of muddy conditions. Recommend hiking shoes as the hike back down is slippery at times.

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Naomi Audet
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there are some ropes along the steeper parts of the trail. was dry when we went. the walk to the trail is along a pretty busy highway, so just be careful. a few small spots to see some views along the way, but the top view is really what you do the hike for. gorgeous blue waters and a panoramic view from the top of the pillbox.

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Antonia Coyle
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Very steep lots of incline, great view tho very little people great to just sit and soak up the view. Nice for dogs too

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