Aihualama and Nu'uanu Loop Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Aihualama and Nu'uanu Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

Directions from Honolulu: There are two ways to get there: 1. Via the Manoa Cliff Trail: From Round Top Drive, hike in on Manoa Cliff Trail to the Pauoa Flats junction (there is a system trail map here). Proceed on Pauoa Flats Trail past the Nuuanu Trailhead (which is on the left). The next trail (on the right) is Aihualama. 2. Via Manoa Falls Trail: Follow Manoa Road into the back of Manoa Valley. Manoa Road ends at Paradise Park. Continue up the road, through the parking lot, towards the entrance of Lyon Arboretum. At the sharp left bend in the road to Lyon, proceed straight ahead. This is the Manoa Falls parking area and trailhead. Hike 0.8 miles on Manoa Falls Trail. Approximately 150 feet from the base of the Falls, there is a marked trail that proceeds left. This is Aihualama Trail.

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4 days ago

8 days ago

trail is pretty nice but to really make it an epic experience make sure you go all the way along the ridge line loop. 7 miles for us, took us 3 hours as moderately experienced hikers

11 days ago

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27 days ago

I hiked in along the Manoa Cliffs trail. There's a bamboo forest, wildflowers and nice views at several places out over the Manoa Valley. There's a fenced section at the top to keep feral pigs and inside the undergrowth is three times as dense. Inside is a juction where you keep right to stay on Manoa Cliffs trail. Then I turned right at the Pauoa Flats junction, then left at Nuuanu Trail to take the loop clockwise. This takes you first through a rooty Banyan forest and then a stand of very tall Cook pine. I found myself on a ridge trail heading toward downtown, and realized I'd missed the sharp right turn onto the top section of the loop. It looks innocent and fairly level on the countour map, but it's really a knife edge at the top of the ridge over the Pali highway and reservoir. The views from up there are fantastic! But there is a rope ascent (not too difficult) and a longer rope descent that was completely exposed over a 1000 foot drop. And very windy of course. After I got my heart rate back under control I continued down the ridge to the lookout which is where most hikers seem to stop when coming from the other direction. It looks like there's a faint trail continuing on from the lookout toward Lulumahu Falls. I turned right and closed the loop back on the Pauoa Flats trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful tropical jungle.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

As a heads up for my fellow hikers out there, this trail is only accessible at the end of the Manoa Falls Trail. Manoa Falls Trail is quite easy but heavily trafficked. The Aihualama Trail branches off to the left of the falls. Wear hiking shoes as the trail is very muddy and quite slick is places. The trail splits at the sign Paoua Trail. Both will take you to the Paoua Flats. I took the right-hand path which was about 10 minutes long. Enjoy!

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4 months ago

Easy trail with many switchbacks as you gain elevation slowly from the back of Manoa valley to Pauoa Flats.From the end of Aihualama Trail, bear right on Pauoa Flats Trail to get to a nice lookout point with a bench. It was rainy today and I didnt get to use my dslr much.

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4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail!

hiking
6 months ago

Was hoping for better views.

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6 months ago

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6 months ago