Kealia Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.
Graded ridge trail, views of gliders, parachutists and north and leeward shores Stewart Ball's Hikers guide to Oahu has an excellent description of the trail and is highly recommended for any hiking on Oahu. The trail head is across from the parking lot and proceeds inland on a wide paved road. Go around the chain and go left at the fork (keep concrete hanger on your right). At the base of the ridge follow the trail as it switchbacks up the face. At the top there is a covered picnic bench. Continue inland and ascend fire road. When you reach a junction near an old fence line go right. You will pass a rusted water tank on the right. Enter the Kuaokala public hunting area. At the next junction turn left. Turn left when you reach the T junction. Pass a small water catchment and tank on the right. At the junction with the Kuaokala Trail bear right and slightly up to ridge rim. You will be overlooking the Makua Valley Military Training Area.
Great ocean side trail, only went to the picnic tables but will go back to complete the 7.5 mile trek.
Amazing views! Glider planes and beautiful ocean views.
Great hike with great views. Took all my kids ages 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2. (carried the 2 year old) Steady steep incline the entire way.
Really go for the views. Hike itself is not challenging and fairly easy if you hike more on the regular. This is beginner in terms of difficulty, with SLIGHT incline. Trail itself is easy enough that you can wear a pair of running shoes and be just fine. Gorgeous views, but if you are looking for a workout, look elsewhere.
Ah what a nice hike! I'm so glad to get switchback instead of stairs. And there's lots of shade, which helps after getting some sunburn yesterday. It was also pretty windy towards the top which felt great.
There weren't many unobstructed views towards the end so it's tough to get clean photos but the views for myself were worth it.
Love it, nice pavilion at the top, also connects with a few other trails if you are up for some more serious miles. Used to run up here often, very beautiful.