Kolekole Trail - Puu Hapapa via Honouliuli Contour Trail

HARD 35 reviews

Kolekole Trail - Puu Hapapa via Honouliuli Contour Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wahiawa, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
275 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

The following trail is completely or partially on Army land. Short but strenuous trail will sheer cliffs and many rock scrambles. Access is restricted but provided by the Schofield Barracks Garrison on specific hiking days. Kolekole Trail takes you to Puu Hapapa, the fifth highest mountain on the Waianae range. Access is via the Schofield Barracks Lyman Gate off Lyman Road that goes through Kolekole Pass. The trail itself is well graded at the start. Taking you pass the famous sacrificial rock and to the Lualualei overlook. From here, look for the trail going left through the California grass to a tunnel of trees. The trail continues past eroded sections and then to a stand of paper bark trees. It is here that there is a split to take the more exhilarating path up and through two notches (not for those who are afraid of heights!). This variation takes you on the Honouliuli Contour Trail instead by passing the rock scrambling notches. Instead it takes you along the contour pass a stream creek and up a finger ridge that connects directly to Puu Hapapa. Once on the finger ridge, it is a straight up hike with expansive views of Schofiled. The trail is well defined though it can be overgrown due to limited hiking traffic. There are a few rock scrambles and cliff drops but nothing too dangerous. Once the finger ridge connects with the main Waianae Summit Trail, the views will be on both sides, to the south west and north east. Just watch for windy days, and the weather changes quickly here as well. Puu Hapapa tops out at about 2800 feet with expansive 360 degree views. In all a good mix experience hike with contour, stream, and open ridge hiking.

hiking
8 days ago

Overall, a short but enjoyable hike, when the trail is open.
Only open when there's no firing on the nearby range on Schofield Barracks. Access on the base by taking Trimble Rd all the way to the end; you'll see the trailhead on the left.
About 3/4 mile long.
It starts with steep but doable stairs. After the stairs, the rest of the trail (about 2/3 of the total trail) is relatively flat, climbing gently. The top has a cliff on 2 sides, and you can see Waianae coast and North Shore. Beautiful views!!
Another trail starts at the end of the KoleKole. Not sure how far it goes.

Overall, the trail is absolutely dog and kid friendly, so long as it's not too wet; I take my kids frequently. (No idea why this trail has a "hard" rating; it's easier than most on Oahu!!)
Check US Army Garrison Hawaii Facebook page to see when the trail is open for use.

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1 month ago

Kid Friendly hike and doesn't take much time.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Easy trail with some great views at the end. Great for kids, shouldn't be listed as hard at all.

3 months ago

I agree that this shouldn't be listed as hard...Unless you plan to create your own path up the ridge or something as I didn't see a marked one. Easy trail with beautiful views and after rain the waterfalls are amazing. Plan to spend more time driving to this location than actually hiking there though; it's not a long trail.

3 months ago

Nice, easy trail! Saw Two waterfalls because of the rain....but def not hard

3 months ago

should not be listed as hard.

hiking
3 months ago

Short and sweet. Tried to find said loops and waterfalls that others mention. No luck.

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4 months ago

4 months ago

Some steps at the start that are a bit of a pain with little ones but after that so easy and great view

4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

Nothing special just a long walk up an old road then about a 15 minute walk on a trail. The view is beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

Just want to reiterate that the trail off to the side before the bench is not part of kolekole. It leads to a large hill, but it turns an otherwise kid friendly, easy hike into a highly eroded, all fours slope climb to the top. It is getting even more eroded every weekend because of the recent high traffic. I do not recommend novice hikers who don't know about basic climbing principles to try this. It's only a matter of time before someone with inexperience and overconfidence gets hurt on this one.