Explore the most popular hiking trails near Honolulu with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is the Maunawili Trail.

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2014/11/Oahu-Hiking-Map_Maunawili.pdf

No need to squeeze thru the gate. Start from the Pali Hwy hairpin turn trailhead or from Waimanalo side. You can also start from Maunawili Falls trailhead and use the connector trail to connect to Maunawili Trail.

Maunawili Trail and Maunawili Falls Trail are two different trails.

Will anyone be doing the hike tomorrow, 9/24? I know it’s last minute but I’d love a buddy. I have a great camera and I’m a skilled photographer who can take pictures of you! Dm me on Instagram @davidinaustralia

Stay on the trail and don’t try like I did to go to the left right under the summit to do a loop to go thru this waterfall valley. I wasted a ton of time on an overgrown trail and had to go back anyways and use a headlight at the very end of the hike which wasn’t fun.
After the landslide it still looks pretty fine.

underwhelming. would do for sunrise or if you're already stopped at the blowholes but not as a single destination hike.

My best hiking spot here in Oahu...You need tons of energy.Not good for the beginner

This was a great hike with a mini Koko Head at the top of the trail. Best views of the island!

Aloha! I will be hiking this weekend and possibly during the week. We went the last two days and it was amazing out! I have went 13 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Aloha! I will be hiking this weekend and possibly during the week. We went the last two days and it was amazing out! I have went 13 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

k1 and k2 are the twin peaks of Konahuanui, the highest point on the Koolau range.

We did this trail at 6pm , as the sun was setting. You get the best breezes & what a great view!! A little steep at the beginning, but it gets easier- or you get used to it- as you go up. Kid friendly trail we will do again for sure. Don’t forget flashlights if you go in the evening, as the way down it not lit & the path runs along the cliff at some points.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 288th time.

My most recent post on Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt gives an idea for one impactful photo angle.

6 things about stairway:

(1) It is the safest way to reach the summit. People die every day falling downstairs at home, but in 70+ years no one has died falling on the stairs. There has been one death - a heart attack.

(2) I clean the stairs every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to pack trash out, bring a trash bag so you don’t soil your bag.

(3) Please dont poop anywhere on the mountain - even off the beaten path. Squat over a one-gallon ziplock bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, double bag it and pack it out - just like a kid’s diaper.

(4) Take it easy on the neighbors.

When was the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house"...?

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year.

(5) Plan your hike and hike your plan.

The most common Haʻikū Stairs story is:

“We went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 2am and tried to get in. We got caught by police before we reached the stairs, so we went back to the hotel and slept. We really wanted to see the stairs up close, so we decided to try the ‘back way’ another day. It was harder than we expected, and when we got up to the top, we decided to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

a. The ‘back way’

If you are considering skipping the magic of the stairs and going the legal way, it only makes sense to choose companions who can manage the challenges of retuning down the back way as well.

Legal access to Moanalua Valley Trail is from 7am - 7pm. I recommend starting right at 7am because it is reckless to rush the mountain. It’s common for people to get lost a few hours, so you need extra time.

If you want to catch sunrise, I recommend beginning at noon and spending the night. As long as you don’t sleep inside the railing or access the trailhead out of hours, you won’t get a ticket. The mountain is usually cold, wet and windy, so prepare accordingly. The ground is especially freezing so bring an insulating mat.

I recommend hiking cleats (‘good’ hiking shoes are insufficient), a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy this day of frolicking, rather than to just survive it.

Note: keeping the stairs illegal endangers the public. Tearing them out, as currently proposed, permanently removes our ability to channel traffic safely. If the stairs were legal, Daylenn Pua would still be with us.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback can be anywhere from $3,000 to the loss of a career. I recommend handling the choice soberly.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for more advice there.

(6) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go, they slowly begin to recognize their own reflection in nature. They resonate with the energetic blueprint of a place so majestic, and discover new light to admire in their soul. As we climb, energy begins to grow in us and melts our physical senses, opening us to sense spirit.

We become immersed, perhaps because we’ve stepped “into” the experience 3,922 times, as we move from civilization into heaven.

After a while at the top, our group fades a bit into shock (in a good way) and stays that way for the rest of our journey. Like a broken record, every time I hear: “We researched it, but we could have never guessed it would be so good. ‘This’ makes it so much more than a hike.” Always with smiles - often in tears.

Most visitors get to the top, take photos, and head back down. I suggest staying for the ‘main event’. The magic begins when you settle in with comfort - looking back on your work while you’re still in the environment of it.

We create space with good scents and music and soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, share our stories and sit on memory foam eating French Toast with warm maple syrup.

If you leave the top and start down right away, the noise of civilization drowns out your senses and erases the fragile nuances of new truth you found along the way - before those memories have time to settle into your heart.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of this priceless experience. We change lives up there. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we start up again, I’m lost on it too.

Dm me for videos of how we hike.

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 288th time.

My most recent post on Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt gives an idea for one impactful photo angle.

6 things about stairway:

(1) It is the safest way to reach the summit. People die every day falling downstairs at home, but in 70+ years no one has died falling on the stairs. There has been one death - a heart attack.

(2) I clean the stairs every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to pack trash out, bring a trash bag so you don’t soil your bag.

(3) Please dont poop anywhere on the mountain - even off the beaten path. Squat over a one-gallon ziplock bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, double bag it and pack it out - just like a kid’s diaper.

(4) Take it easy on the neighbors.

When was the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house"...?

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year.

(5) Plan your hike and hike your plan.

The most common Haʻikū Stairs story is:

“We went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 2am and tried to get in. We got caught by police before we reached the stairs, so we went back to the hotel and slept. We really wanted to see the stairs up close, so we decided to try the ‘back way’ another day. It was harder than we expected, and when we got up to the top, we decided to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

a. The ‘back way’

If you are considering skipping the magic of the stairs and going the legal way, it only makes sense to choose companions who can manage the challenges of retuning down the back way as well.

Legal access to Moanalua Valley Trail is from 7am - 7pm. I recommend starting right at 7am because it is reckless to rush the mountain. It’s common for people to get lost a few hours, so you need extra time.

If you want to catch sunrise, I recommend beginning at noon and spending the night. As long as you don’t sleep inside the railing or access the trailhead out of hours, you won’t get a ticket. The mountain is usually cold, wet and windy, so prepare accordingly. The ground is especially freezing so bring an insulating mat.

I recommend hiking cleats (‘good’ hiking shoes are insufficient), a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy this day of frolicking, rather than to just survive it.

Note: keeping the stairs illegal endangers the public. Tearing them out, as currently proposed, permanently removes our ability to channel traffic safely. If the stairs were legal, Daylenn Pua would still be with us.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback can be anywhere from $3,000 to the loss of a career. I recommend handling the choice soberly.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for more advice there.

(6) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go, they slowly begin to recognize their own reflection in nature. They resonate with the energetic blueprint of a place so majestic, and discover new light to admire in their soul. As we climb, energy begins to grow in us and melts our physical senses, opening us to sense spirit.

We become immersed, perhaps because we’ve stepped “into” the experience 3,922 times, as we move from civilization into heaven.

After a while at the top, our group fades a bit into shock (in a good way) and stays that way for the rest of our journey. Like a broken record, every time I hear: “We researched it, but we could have never guessed it would be so good. ‘This’ makes it so much more than a hike.” Always with smiles - often in tears.

Most visitors get to the top, take photos, and head back down. I suggest staying for the ‘main event’. The magic begins when you settle in with comfort - looking back on your work while you’re still in the environment of it.

We create space with good scents and music and soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, share our stories and sit on memory foam eating French Toast with warm maple syrup.

If you leave the top and start down right away, the noise of civilization drowns out your senses and erases the fragile nuances of new truth you found along the way - before those memories have time to settle into your heart.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of this priceless experience. We change lives up there. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we start up again, I’m lost on it too.

Dm me for videos of how we hike.

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

Police is there, they will cite you if you cross the tape.

This hike was a lot of fun. We started just after 3am, got up there about 7:30am, left about 8:30am, and was down at 12pm (9hours total). We ran into many groups on the way out. Going early helped save us from the heat, but headlamps are needed. A flashlight can be used but you need both hands to rope climb at parts. The ridge can get windy, muddy, theres many roots, and parts where you can slide off if you don’t watch your step. I consider myself an average hiker and would rate this hike as an 8/10. There were people of all abilities hiking the trail. I am very sore after this hike. I recommend hiking before so you have the stamina and you are comfortable with your ability to hike a ridge with mud and wind, and be out there for a long time. This hike will push you if you’re not an avid hiker but it’s amazing either way. Bring water, snacks, and a camera! The views were gorgeous and the light on the mountain was breathtaking.

anyone hiking it this week message me at jordanrpost@gmail.com me and my girlfriend are looking for others

The best part of this hike was when we went down to the tide pools. Loved it.

First hike and I enjoyed it very much. Would do it again.

Did this the other day. Went the wrong way first! If you don't pass a sign for the Kulanahane trail right before you cross the creek then you're going the wrong way. There's an option not far from the creek where the track has a clump of trees to go right. Go right there.

Great trail! We got there a little late so we had to rush. The trail can we easy to miss or go off course as quite a bit is overgrown so pay very close attention. Great trail with wonderful views, lots of local vegetation and fruits and the steam and waterfall are awesome. Will defiantly come back with my suit and a lunch. Park at the top parking lot to save you time, bring bug spray and be ready for some incline. Happy trails!

Aloha! I will be hiking tomorrow on Sunday! We went today and it was amazing out! I have went 12 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Great hike with lots of shade. The end is a bit tricky, but worth the view. We went on a day that was fairly overcast. Not for the faint of heart, be ready to climb towards the end.

hiking
3 days ago

There are 2 hikes right at the Pali lookout. One is the Notches and the other is the Puka. They are on either side of the lookout. I did both on the same day. The notches was my least favorite of the two. The hike starts out right behind the parking pay meter. Goes up through a wooded area. You come out of the woods a couple of hundred feet up. From there you have a pretty steep incline with minimal ropes for assistance. Once you make it to the first notch, the view becomes incredible. This was the highlight for me. I continued onto the second and third notches. At the 3rd I was half way down and decided it was not for me. You are basically free climbing down and or using the rope for 100% assistance. The face is completely vertical and many of the rocks were loose and or already coming off the face. This is where I decided not to push my luck. If I would have been hiking with a partner, I would have probably pressed on. Since I was by myself, better safe then sorry.

Overall, the hike was short but steep. I would have liked it more if there weren’t as many loose rocks on the cliff faces.

great hike. best on a day with some wind. was hot without a breeze

Best hike on Oahu! Loved the views

Heads Up: landslide just occured (21/08/2018 at about 5:30pm) above Manoa Falls in the upper pool section.

State cites four men for entering closed Manoa Falls trail http://www.kitv.com/story/39155657/state-cites-four-men-for-entering-closed-manoa-falls-trail

hiking
4 days ago

Nice out and back scenic trail. Parking is a little difficult at first in the residential area, so be mindful and considerate.

The trail maintains a gradual incline and meanders around to two scenic lookouts of the Manoa valley. The first is about 1.4 miles into the hike and the second is about .2 following. There is a third spot as it declines but the brush is thick and tall there, so we stopped just after the 2nd vista.

This was my very first trail hike a year ago, so I felt very accomplished. Absolutely beautiful scenery.

I went up the other day "the legal backway", it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Thinking of going up this weekend. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com Make sure to bring plenty of water and food and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top

I went up the other day, it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Thinking of going up tomorrow Saturday or Sunday. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com Make sure to bring plenty of water and food and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top.

Hi there! I will be attempting this hike with me myself and I next Wednesday on September 26th. Is there anyone out there who would like to join me in this hike? Contact me through ig: instantlinda or email me at lindahasanewemail@gmail.com

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