Puʻu Kawiwi Trail

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Puʻu Kawiwi Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mākaha Valley, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

scramble

Hike starts at the end of Waiʻanae Valley Road. The trail follows a concrete access road for a bit and then veers off down into a firebreak. Access to the firebreak is restricted. At the end of the firebreak, the trail continues past a Loʻi onto the overgrown ridgeside. The trail going up the ridge is indiscriminate and seldom marked. On the ridge there are many challenging rock climbing sections. This ridge is very unstable due to erosion.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This hike connects to several other ridges in the Waianae Range including Kamaile'unu and Tiki Ridge. This is a Tough hike. It's a lot of elevation gain with tons of rock climbing. Access to the ridge is hard to find because it is not that well marked. However, the views of the Waianae range are incredible and totally worth it.

Unfortunately, I did not track this hike when I did it, but if you want some more information, check out my blog post:

https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2017/01/14/Kawiwi-to-Kamaileunu-Ridge-to-Knifes-Edge