Maunalaha, Makiki Valley, and Kanealole Trails Loop

MODERATE 167 reviews
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Maunalaha, Makiki Valley, and Kanealole Trails Loop is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,115 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Directions from The intersection of Nehoa and Makiki Streets in Honolulu: Proceed mauka and turn left on Makiki Heights Drive. Continue for approximately 0.5 mile until the road makes a sharp left turn (look for a row of mailboxes on the right side of the road). Proceed straight ahead past the mailboxes through a green gate. There is a sign that says, Makiki Forest Recreation Area. Proceed mauka, past the Nature Center until you encounter the Forestry and Wildlife baseyard. Hiker parking is in the lot to the right of the baseyard.

20 days ago

loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

People weren’t kidding about those mosquitos! In this climate though, they’re unavoidable, and the uphill trek was so much fun and so beautiful. Definitely have to come back for a longer hike and try out some of the other trails that branch off. There are a few sections of the trail that are interrupted by Maunalaha Stream, but these breaks in the trail aren’t large and are easily navigable.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiking up Mauanalaha Trail is equivalent to going up 65 floors.

2 months ago

This hike is very lovely through the forest and along a few streams. We parked near the Hawaii Nature Center to begin the hike, and headed to the left (counterclockwise) to hike the loop. It is wet and somewhat muddy but very enjoyable. The trees will cover you from the rain and/or sun.

2 months ago

I would totally do this hike, main reason there was NO crowd. A good workout, nice views but do be careful it is muddy and gets slippery.

birding
2 months ago

Took the counter clockwise route as suggested by many; as advertised, it was a workout but we'll shaded. The trail is muddy in most areas, so ware appropriate hiking boots. lots of changing fauna and plenty of birds. Nice hike all in all.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, good workout, and very few people around. You are able to move at your pace and enjoy.

BUG SPRAY a must. #staysafetbm

hiking
3 months ago

went on this hike midmorning to early afternoon. very muddy conditions on most of the trail. was going to do waterfall side trail but very muddy and overgrown that way. nothing too special views wise but a very nice area and good place to get a hike in. bug spray a must

3 months ago

I enjoyed this hike. The first hour (we went counter clockwise btw) is mostly an incline of tree roots then you begin to wind around the summit and descend. WEAR BUG SPRAY. BRING WATER. Oh and it may be a bit muddy in some areas. WATCH THOSE RIDGES! Otherwise have fun!

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed the hike with the exception of those hungry mosquitoes!

3 months ago

When you come down ( or up) Kanealole, look for an old dam off the main trail towards the gulch. Climb down, cross the dam, and follow the muddy ‘trail’ which will take you to several hidden falls.

3 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. I’m glad we went counter clockwise when we got to the loop because it was definitely a nice workout. The scenery was beautiful and there was plenty of shade. No big waterfalls but I would totally hike this trail again. Mahalo

hiking
4 months ago

Well maintained path and area. Park in the area for hikers then meander thru the Makiki Arboretum. There's a nice rest area with tables and good clean bathrooms before entering the trail. Once crossing the stream, go right. It is way more rewarding. Pay attention to signs and eventually you'll be back to the parking area, but not before enjoying the tranquil sounds of the stream and waterfall that follows the trail back for about .5 miles. Enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trial. Not busy at all. Be prepared to hike mostly at a incline the entire hike. Rained a little and was muddy.
Great sitting areas along the way. Bring a book and just relax. Enjoy!

4 months ago

I agree with Justin.

4 months ago

Easy hike. Go counter clockwise and get a little cardio in on that first mile. I think it was 3 miles. One hour and 17 minutes at an easy pace.

4 months ago

There is a series of small waterfalls on the Kanealole Trail side.

5 months ago

As a resident Hawaiian avid hiker this trail is sub par. Sure, the scenery is nice but thats most trails on the island of oahu. There is no big payoff epic view like a ridge hike or a waterfall or anything special. This is just a basic trail that the locals use for exercise. It is “lightly trafficked” despite being in a densely populated area in a large nature preserve/arboretum which says something about how worthwhile the trail is. You might like it as a tourist but there are dozens of trails that are far superior in beauty and view.

5 months ago

Good but very muddy when wet.

5 months ago

This track is actually made up of 3 interconnecting trails - Maunalaha, Makiki valley and Kanealole.
http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf

7 months ago

A cool trail with some great views and change of nature. Enjoyable :)

hiking
7 months ago

Loved this one, I went counter clockwise at the loop, so it was very steep going up, had to stop a couple times for breath, but it was great. The second half was easy, a couple tiny streams we crossed. Really good forest hike for a medium workout. Definitely gonna go again and try some of the other trails the run near it.

hiking
8 months ago

Second time on this trail, or rather, trails. This loop is actually three trails with a lot of branches and different trails you could take. Manalaha, Maliki and a trail whose name starts with a K are what actually make up this loop.
From the parking lot you start on a trail that goes along the road and through what appears to be a yard then to a little park with a Bathroom. Cross the bridge and go left, wind up a trail about 1/4 mile to where the trails actually start with a trail sign. I went left to the Manalaha Trail first, then at the top of the hill there are 4 different directions you can go. Go down hill that’s Makikj. Then follow it down until another branch in the trail. Go left again. This will take you full circle.
There are waterfalls, a lot of flowers and beautiful jungle.

8 months ago

easy low hazard hike. I find it easier to go to the right loop. About a 2 hour loop total

hiking
8 months ago

Went counterclockwise as most people suggested. Steep going up and slippery coming down. Crampons were very useful as the return leg was quite muddy. A pleasant, shady hike. Took me about 2 hours at an easy pace.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail with a really interesting change of foliage as you go along. It was kind of rainy and the trail was super muddy and slippery. Still doable, but wish I had brought old shoes instead! There are a lot of trails in this system- lots of great options!

10 months ago

Tired of the monotony of getting dirty and having near death experiences trying to reach some jaw dropping view? This peaceful and beautiful walk through the woods can help break that up. Sadly there was not as much garbage to pick up as I'm used to, until detouring over to the 'Ualaka'a loop, where people seem to find it a more suitable environment to leave their trash behind. Say hello to the cats and chickens living in harmony in the parking lot.

10 months ago

Great hike! Definitely agree with some of the reviewers that rec. to go right to start with the steep uphill climb. At the top before going down definitely rec. to take the Moleka Trail. It’s a great out and back trail through a bamboo forest.

hiking
11 months ago

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

A good view or two but not great

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