Manini Pali Trail

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Manini Pali Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waialua, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

3.7 miles
830 feet
Out & Back


nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers




over grown



no shade

no dogs

Rough cousin of Kealia Trail. This lesser known track is more of a bushwhack in some parts. Not for the faint of heart, but great views at the top. From the trailhead at the end of Farrington Highway, walk for about 1.2 miles on the dirt road until you come a faint trail on the left punctuated by two large boulders and a broken gate. Follow this faint trail as it meanders its way towards the Manini Pali. Some parts are very overgrown but don't lose heart. Keep following the rough trail as it switches back once. Keep following the trail for less than 0.5 of a mile and it will end abruptly in some bushes. Veer right and head steeply towards the pali , grabbing branches and tall grass as you painstakingly inch your way up. Soon, you will come to an old rock wall. Climb over it and keep right towards the pali. At this point, you can continue to skirt around the cliff side until it ends abruptly with a rock wall with a rope dangling from above. We decided to turn back to the junction and opt for the scrambling over the rocks towards the top of Manini. The rope didn't look safe. After a few scrambling points, you will come to an opening with sweeping views. You will roughly be on the same eye level as the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Stations. There will be two geodetic markers marking the Manini peaks.