Pu'u Kaua Trail

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Pu'u Kaua Trail is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a river. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

12.4 miles 8323 feet Out & Back





wild flowers





old growth

over grown



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.

9 months ago

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.

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1 year ago

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

2 years ago

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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