Puu O Hulu is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 679 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

partially paved

views

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This is a relatively short hike, for many the drive out to this location will take longer than the hike up to the top of Puu O Hulu. Be prepared for a hot and dry climb to a set of bunkers with some of the best views of Nanakuli and Waianae. Puu O Hulu is a small ridge that is situated on the ocean side between Nanakuli and Ma'ili. It is clearly distinguishable from its double back that makes it look like a camel's hump with a water tank lodged in the middle. This split between the ocean side (kai) versus the inland side (uka) makes for an interesting hike albeit an very open exposed ridge hike. It can get narrow in certain spots with drop offs to the left and right; though nothing dangerous. There are a number of bunkers at the top with the most spectacular pillbox painted a hot pink(!) Take your time to enjoy the 360 degree views. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kaena Point in the west, Mount Kaala in the North and Kapolei/Campbell Industrial Park in the south.

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rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Great trail for a good cardio session. The hike is short but it is straight incline the entire time. There are a total of 3 pill boxes at the top, including the pink pillbox. The graffiti is wild and so cool. You’ll get hot on the hike because there’s only a handful of shady spots on the way up, but the pillboxes combined with the ocean wind make for great natural AC when you make it to the top. Side note: don’t litter. We saw a LOT of plastic water bottles left everywhere. Such a shame since there’s a garbage bag at the bottom for hikers convenience. Remember ppl, leave it better than you found it

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11 days ago

Beautiful trail!! West side is super hot, so bring lots of water, sunscreen and hat. I made it twice all the way to the last bunker. Sunset time is the best.

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12 days ago

Grew up doing this hike! The view is breathtaking!! I recommend going to watch either the Sunrise or Sunset as this trail is on the drier/hotter side of the island. Go when it’s a little cooler.

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rocky
14 days ago

Definitely worth the view!

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blowdown
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15 days ago

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rocky
17 days ago

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19 days ago

Also known as Maili Pillboxes, this is a great, steep hike. Very rewarding at the top with a row of 4 pillboxes. However, very hot climb with hardly any shade or breeze. Lots of parking on the side of the road and easy to see the entrance though there’s no official signage.

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20 days ago

23 minutes to the highest point. Amazing views on a clear day. No shade but at around 4pm it wasn’t too bad. Sunscreen recommended.

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rocky
27 days ago

*FOUND LEFT EAR AIRPOD - at bottom of trial on sidewalk. Contact me to get it back if you see this. @carlyr.wilson * I would wear good shoes with ankle support. A lot of people out and about this morning, but everyone was pretty considerate of others. I saw kids with their parents as young as 4.

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29 days ago

It’s a great hike for sunset

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no shade
1 month ago

The view from up here is breathtaking. Nice short hike. Not too much shade so it’s best to go early or right before sunset. Beautiful at sunset! This trail is okay for kids. Also a good place to spot whales during whale migration season.

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rocky
1 month ago

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no shade
1 month ago

Most gorgeous sunset on west side! Easy, steady incline up. Sunscreen is a must

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rocky
1 month ago

Short pill box hike with steep dramatic views of Waianae. Surprised to see so many people on the trail... Made it hard for social distancing. But I guess that's to be expected towards sunset.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
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1 month ago

Beautiful views, pretty steep at different points overall a great hike

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rocky
1 month ago

Get ready to climb.. steep hike. Highly recommend taking your time on this one. One wrong step you can slip or maybe twist your ankle. Beautiful view from the pink pillbox!

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rocky
1 month ago

35mins up and that includes stopping for me and taking pics. Awesome view and breezy up top. Wouldn’t do this in the dark or when wet.

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rocky
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1 month ago

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1 month ago

There’s two ways up to the pillboxes. The main trail and when the metal cable snakes through a somewhat beat path. It’s a straight climb up and worth the time doing it. Me and 2 others did it and it was quite comical to take a break and literally be vertical from each other breaking our own necks trying to talk to each other. Either way it’s quick, fun, and breathtaking at the top!

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