Hahaione Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Hahaione Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2080 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

After two dry river crossing, it is pretty much straight up climb to the Koolaus. There areseveral rope sections but not difficult. Some parts can be slippery due to pine needles/seeds. Shouldn't take too long to reach the top with views of Waimanalo etc... There are many forks along this trail but keep left in the beginning secton until you hit the ridgeline. You will reach tree with two arrows. Take right to gain the ridge. Also, you will pass a encampment with a blue sofa! The trail in general is in good condition and you can feel the cool breeze.

hiking
2 days ago

This is not Hahahione, but the western ridge of Kuli'ou'ou. This ridge will take you to Pu'u O Kona, one of the prominent peaks of the Ko'olaus. You can connect this ridge to the main Kuli'ou'ou to make it a loop hike. Definitely a challenging ridge hike though with some steep sections, narrow ridges, and rock climbing. The views are awesome though if you catch it on a clear day.

For more on this hike, check out my blog post!
https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2017/05/30/Puu-O-Kona-via-Kuliouou-Ridge

hiking
16 days ago

6/11/2017-I think this may be the kuli'ou'ou west ridge hike (not hahaione) which was cool and involved a bit of climbing. A little muddy and slippery due to rain but the views are pretty nice. Thankfully it wasn't too sunny and there was a steady breeze on the ridge.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Yeah this is not Hahaione. I will make a new trail on Hahaione, where there are several ways to hike up to the Koolau. One of them can connect to the shelter along Kuliouou state trail. Another one goes straight up past Mauna O Ahi to the Koolau summit trail and the last trail ( east ridge) takes you steeply to a Pyramid Rock on the Koolau also.

hiking
2 months ago

This is not Hahaione ridge hike by the way, I'm not sure about the pictures, but the map shows the Pu'u O Kona ridge hike, also knows as the Kuliouou west ridge, you can do a loop if you head east once at the top to the well known Kuliouou ridge trail.
The Hahaione ridge hike is located in the Hahaione valley, off of Hahaione St, you can also do a loop on this one that ends at the water tank at Pukoo St. The hikes are nice but I'll give it 1 star cause of the misinformation.

4 months ago

Amazing hike, when you park follow the hard road to the left and right before the water building it's on the right, no marker just have to find the trail. If you're not in shape I wouldn't recommend this trail, it's straight up and once you get to the ridge it gets sketchy at times but views are worth it. I think people have taken the wrong trail in some of these reviews because there's no way you can get lost once on the trail. Watch for wind almost got blown off the ridge at one point.

6 months ago

I went up the hunting trail to the right. Great hike. About 4.5 miles round trip. Only negatives is there is more litter on this trail than I've seen on all the other trails I've done.

6 months ago

Loved the rope climbing at the top of the trail, beautiful views!

It is amazing!!!!!! I would use his app when hiking though because towards the beginning you can get lost at a couple points. Bring water and gaterade and more water and gaterade. The scene is worth going all the way up but be careful because it is slippery with mud in some parts. If you're older or have knee problems I advice not to go the entire way (can easily lose balance and fall). Make sure you bring enough food too, it is a workout. It took us about 3.5-4hrs because it is a constant slight uphill.

10 months ago

One area by the peak is very steep and slippery if it rained recently.

10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

We started at Hahaione and hiked over to Kuliouou. Beautiful and shady. When we got closer to Kuliouou trail we had to hike down side of mountain and it was steep, but doable since it hasn't rained much lately. Would be too slippery in wet conditions. Loved the whole journey. Didn't see any other hikers until very end.

Monday, May 09, 2016

hiking
Monday, April 13, 2015

hiking
Sunday, June 01, 2014

We completed this loop in 2:55. By the time we got out, it was already sundown. It is best to do this hike with ample day light as it can be tricky finding your way with this many forks and off trails along this loop.