Pu'u Ka'aumakua Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kaneohe, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from January until February.
Native hiking trail that starts in Waikane Valley to a section of the Wai'ahole Ditch to Kahana Saddle and finally to the top of Pu'u Ka'aumakua via a contour trail along the KST. Pu'u Ka'aumakua is also known as the "Family Deity Hill". The trail was built in sections by the US Army at the turn of the 20th century. It became an official HTMC hike in 1999, but is now not as accessible as it once was. The access to the trail is via the Waikane 4WD. The trail is distinctively divided into 3 major sections: (1) 4WD road, (2) Wai'ahole Ditch section, (3) Kahana Saddle ridge contour, and (4) KST traverse to the top. There are two water crossings and the 4WD can be very muddy at times. Be on the lookout for Hawaiian Native birds and endemic native plants that can be seen in this area. Note the large Albezia trees in Waikane Valley. 1999 HTMC Hike 1902 by Army