Makuala O'Oma Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kailua Kona, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
249 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Moderate shady hill forest trails. Many to pick from.

trail running
1 month ago

Agree with comments on technicality of trail for running... had to go slower due to roots and loose rocks (although volcanic and grippy), yesterday’s rain made for slightly slippery terrain. Beautiful and convenient!

1 month ago

Pretty jungle trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Attempted to trail run this, but it was way too technical for us, ended up run/hiking 5 miles on the various trails. It was beautiful! You become immersed in the jungle, then pop out and see cows grazing next to the property, are greeted with lava mountain roads, and then can become immersed into the jungle again! Super beautiful, quiet (except for all the birds!) and perfect for an early morning run/hike. Lots of roots/overgrown paths, but completely worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice quiet trail to take the dogs hiking on. It is not far from town but cooler, so good for a couple hour adventure, depending on how many side trails you want to go down.

2 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail. It was 16 degrees cooler than Kona when we arrived there. Felt good but soon became quite humid in the forest but that did not take away from our enjoyment. We hiked a loop of about 1.8 miles according to my phone tracker. Beautiful flowers, ferns & singing birds & literally no annoying bugs. Wear shoes as there are lots of rocks & roots & you either have to go uphill on the way in or out depending if you start clockwise or counter clockwise on the loop. May rain on & off so be prepared. Shaded in the forest all the way. Trail is not marked & there are a few off shoots so this app was helpful to keep us on the loop using the gps.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked the loop portion clockwise and it was a quick 0.9 hike. Lovely foliage, no bugs and easy to see the trail. The trail was beautifully scented though the smell of wood smoke (campers?) crept in 1/3 into this slice of Hawaii heaven. Plenty of free parking along the road near the trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

I am giving 4 Stars because we have only been on BI for a week and this was our first hike. It might actually be a 5-star trail. We love that it is dog-friendly, 15 minutes from town, and a totally different landscape than Kona. We only did the short trail, but will be back to do a longer hike soon.

hiking
3 months ago

You can make this trail quite a bit longer by taking offshoots. Beautiful surroundings and quiet. The loop back up is a bit of a workout.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent trail with beautiful surroundings

4 months ago

Gorgeous Flowers.

4 months ago

Just what we needed to escape the 90+ degree heat! Temp dropped by 20 pts on the drive up from Kona. The trail was lush, beautiful and a bit slick in places. Don’t wear sandals,

hiking
5 months ago

Just minutes from Kona Town but worlds away in climate, this trail is a short and easy hike that will take you out of the heat! It’s poorly marked, actually there are no signs whatsoever, so bring your phone with GPS because the signal is pretty good. The trail itself is not bad but lots of big rocks and roots, easy to twist an ankle if you’re not careful. The birdsong in this forest is a thing of beauty!

7 months ago

Beautiful lush foliage and just enough up and down to get your heart pumping.

hiking
8 months ago

Great place for a quick hike to escape the heat in Kona.

9 months ago

Very lush trail. I went with my 3yr old and 1 year old. The trail floor is knotty, narrow and not well marked. If you have young children a carrier that straps onto you is recommended. There are some steep hills. I'm very athletic so carrying both children back up hill was fine. Definitely going to be a regular visit for us. Beautiful.

walking
9 months ago

Great trial although GPS and google are a necessity.Fairly easy even for a novice hiker.
The map with AllTrails is very helpful

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike through the forest. Lots of tree roots and rocks so bring hiking shoes. Trail is not marked too well.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice and shaded. Bring insect repellent.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a beautiful trail! We made a loop out of it going left past a sign on left down to a dirt road then right on that dirt road and the next right up a steep rockier road that intersected with the out and portion of the trail listed on map. There were more trails that we were able would have liked to explore but didn’t want to be out there with our kids too long.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wonderful little loop. Lush and easy hike.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

This was an easy hike perfect for a hot day. This cloudy forest (yes that's a legit type of forest) provided a cool, mostly shaded break from the sun and was filled with lush foliage and trees. We could hear lots of birds throughout the hike, as well as some cows and only saw 1 other hiker!

There were other trails in this area that aren't part of this trail and this trail doesn't have any signs so I would suggest using the Alltrails app map and record your hike.

To find the trailhead we searched Makahi St trailhead on Google maps. The trailhead is located at the very end of Makahi St on the right side (don't get mistaken with some other trailhead blocked by a fence that is near the end of the street). Almost immediately after starting the trailhead, you can either go straight or turn right; both are part of this loop, it's just a matter of which way around the loop you want to go. Keep going straight for a gradual uphill hike that will end with steep down hill, or turn right for steep uphill that will end with gradual downhill.

If you go straight, about 15 min into the hike you will meet a wire fence. You can turn right here , hike 0.3 miles, find a service road and retrace your tracks back got the main trail, or keep right to stay on the main trail. Turning left doesn't yield any new views to see on the trail, but if you want more time in the forest then do the extra 0.6 miles! If you turn right at the fence, after 5 min you will see the steep downhill on your right to go back to the start.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice trail. Saw very gigantic ferns all along the teail

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beautiful hike through forest. Path is narrow with lots of roots so a hiking stick was very helpful. We somehow missed a portion of the main trail and ended up on a lava service road. we were able to find our way back but ended up going almost 3 miles.

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

nice trail and scenic view of forest

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Remote and very tropical.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cute easy little trail. Minimal views though.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Beautiful hike. We actually went straight from the start downhill and missed the official trail. Ended up being a down and back beautiful walk. Steep coming back up.

trail running
Friday, August 19, 2016

Using Google Earth I was able to identify a larger network of trails surrounding the 1.4 loop described here... got over an hour of super runnable trail in before I had to get back to town... but I could have probably run quite a bit farther if I had the time. will definitely come back to explore more, as the trail itself is GORGEOUS!!

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