HARD 6 reviews

Pu'u Kaua Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mililani, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

12.4 miles
7,129 feet
Out & Back





wild flowers




over grown



private property

no dogs

Access to this trail is restricted. You will need to contact the State of Hawaii DNLR in order to hike in this area. It is part of the Honouliuli Preserve. Trail starts approximately 1.5 miles from Kunia Rd. There are 3 major sections to this trail. A wooded area with lilikoi, kukui and macadamia nut trees. It follows a dry stream bed with many large boulders along the way. At the end of this section, there is a fence. Cross the fence to the next section which consists of a steep climb through guava trees. Be careful here due to the loose leaves on the ground. Towards the top of the final section, the trees will give way to ferns, Ohia and a narrow ridge with much overgrowth. Wear long sleeve shirt and pants for added protection. About 150 feet from the top there are 3 rope sections. Use of the ropes is needed to get up to the top. It will then give way to a grassy knoll with Ti plants, and the rewarding view of Lualualei Valley to Lahilahi Point on the leeward side, the great central plains of Oahu, and all the way across Honolulu to Leahi.

4 months ago

The coordinates are correct but will arrive you at a farm fence that Cleary states, PRIVATE PROPERTY - KEEP OUT! See uploaded picture, then a shot of the alternate parking area.

If that doesn't limit entry, then the almost 2 miles across private farm land in the open sun may.

Submitted edit of this hike to reflect PRIVATE PROPERTY, as it is such.

7 months ago

Nothing wrong with the coordinates and the track. The trailhead is behind a farm. There are no signs. You have to look for an opening. Follow the track and it will take you to your destination. Just be aware you are crossing private farm lands. Parking is also a bit difficult. There are only 2 recordings and one is mine. The other takes you past Kaua all the way to Makakilo. Walk for 1.5 miles past a farm, heading towards the hill. Pu’u Kaua is quite prominent so you can head towards that general direction. Once you past a small towards the back, there will be an opening into the forest. Follow it and soon there will be old signs that tells you about the reserve. Also, it looks like there are quite a handful of people who completed the trail to Kaua.

I also uploaded a video of this hike and it can be viewed here ---> https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/videos

If you go with a group like HTMC, they allow you to drive up to the trailhead without having to walk across the farmland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLmHJq7mq_Y

7 months ago

The coordinates are bad. Leads to no where!!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Anyone know where the trail head is? I tried the link posted by Cat S. http://alltrails.com/tracks/pu-u-kaua
but it was a bad link.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Does anyone know how to get to the trail head and if it's technically open to the public ? Trail looks awesome.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Bring a fairly good camera with wide angle and macro lens. There are many photo ops on this trail. It took us 2.5 hours to the top of Pu'u Kaua and this was our first time doing this trial. This trail doesn't see much action from people and I did not come across any trash or graffiti at all. Lets hope we can keep it this way.
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