Kolekole Trail - Puu Hapapa via Honouliuli Contour Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews

Kolekole Trail - Puu Hapapa via Honouliuli Contour Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kunia, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.2 miles
318 feet
Out & Back



nature trips






wild flowers



over grown


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.

3 days ago

this is the sencond time I've attempted this trail. It's been closed off with a sentry manning the gate (on base Schofield Barracks) Apparently the trails too through a live firing range. So if you go when they are shooting your not getting in.

1 month ago

Not very long, the beginning is the hardest because of some very steep stairs, but after that well worth it. Probably wouldn't spend more than an hour on the trail, including stopping for pictures.

1 month ago

Great trail for the family! 7+ month pregnant wife, 2 kids and I did really well on it. We didn’t travel the whole trail because at approx 3/4 of the way through the trail became thin with a drop off down. Not bad but we didn’t want to chance it. Great views!

4 months ago


4 months ago

There seems to be a lot of confusion about this trail. Really, it should be three trails in AllTrails: (1) Kolekole Trail, (2) Pu'u Hapapa, and (3) Pu'u Hapapa via Honouliuli Contour Trail. The first (1) is short and easy, good for the whole family, and leads to a park bench with a very nice view. Those looking for a little more adventure can head through the grass behind the bench to the right and follow the trail until it reaches a bend with some paperbark trees. Turn right there and climb steeply to the top of the hill. The ground is loose and crumbly, but the tree roots make good steps. Still ok for kids. There is a potentially slippery section just before the paperbark trees (nearly impossible if raining). This trail is what is currently mapped in AllTrails.

To continue from there to the top of Pu’u Hapapa (2), the trail becomes definitely hard, even treacherous, traversing and climbing the two notches, and then following the ridge to the top.

For a less dangerous, but still challenging climb, follow the contour trail past the paperbark trees, cross a stream, and continue along the trail until you reach a tree fallen across the trail with a still-growing vertical trunk. Turn right there, climb steeply, and follow the ridgeline to the top. Portions are loose and crumbly, heavily overgrown, narrow, and with steep drops on either side. The views are truly spectacular. This trail (3) matches the current description in AllTrails.

7 months ago

This trail is only open on certain weekends when the weapons ranges are closed. The Army issues notices ahead of time, and I jumped at the chance to hike it!
It was so worth it! There are two points where the views are gorgeous! There is a rocky ledge that’s easy enough to climb out on for cool pictures, but be very careful if it has rained recently. The path and rocks can get pretty slippery.
I took my dog and she had a pretty easy go of it. There were a few benches and plenty of areas to rest at.

7 months ago

Steep beginning especially fun with a Labrador Retriever on the way down. A few forks along the route, the main trail well marked. No problem for children & seniors.

8 months ago

clean trail. nice quick hike. steep start then evens out, once you reach the park bench,you will get amazing views.

9 months ago

This is a very easy hike. It shouldn't be rated as hard. This is a perfect hike for non hikers or people who wanna get into hiking. My kiddos did great on the hike (4 years old,9 years old)
Dogs are allowed just please keep them on a leash and pick up after them if they have go be potty. Happy trails and have fun on this hike.

10 months ago

I don’t know why this trail is rated as hard. It is by far one of the easiest hikes I have ever done. I wouldn’t even consider it a “hike” it’s just a spot to walk out to a bench and over look the west side of the island. The view is nice though.

10 months ago

Love the views, both sides....got some slippery spots with a light rain that was happening. Stairs and signage are great. Next time going back will be sunset.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

i havent done the "hard part" of this trail just up to the bench and back and that was a good morning wake up with nice views. short hike

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nope! I have done this hike twice and I will not do it again!!! The first part to the bench is a breeze and very beautiful, I do recommend that part especially for photo ops, but the second half, nope!!! It's so steep you have to pull on roots just to get up, the dirt is very loose and slippery! One part of the trail is a 1 person passage at an angle on loose dirt right on side of the cliff, so scary!! Not a hike for me!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

This trail is located on Schofield Barracks and is only open on certain weekends. The Kolekole portion of this hike is a breeze but the Puu Hapapa portion, which starts in the forest after the bench, is why this trail is rated hard.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Short and sweet with a great view of the wainaie and wahiawa valleys. Accessible for all ages and abilities. A great starter hike. This hike should not be labeled hard.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Super short hike with an awesome view at the end. The view feels very different from those of most of Oahu's other hikes.

Friday, July 07, 2017

A great family friendly hike for adults and kids of all ages!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

It was a really easy hike with a beautiful view. I did it with my two dogs, one was a super small pup. Beautiful view. I'm guessing the hard rating is for the other part of the hike and not the easy walk to the lookout. I'm not sure though because I've never done it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Beautiful view, but super easy. I saw lots of families with littles. There were people on the trail with flip flops. Not difficult at all.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nice view, but honestly this trail shouldn't be rated as HARD. I would rate it as EASY.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Overall, a short but enjoyable hike, when the trail is open. Despite the rating, it's super easy, totally family and pet friendly.
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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kid Friendly hike and doesn't take much time.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

should not be listed as hard.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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.

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