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

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hiking
3 days ago

Not for the faint of heart. Do not do on rainy day. Very technical areas at times. If you are ok with this it’s an excellent activity.

Went on a bad day was super muddy and hard to get up plus 3 cars had just been broken into and the cops where there

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muddy
over grown
rocky
9 days ago

Amazing hike I recommend for more experienced hikers. It is pretty slippery especially if it has rained the night before. Bring plenty of water and enjoy the views!

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over grown
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
18 days ago

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closed
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

This hike is a closed hike but if you respect the land and are safe there is nothing wrong with doing the hike. The views are impressive and there are plenty of different views you can see at the top. One of the best hikes I did so far... if you want more info I made a YouTube video. https://youtu.be/bEpEWJQCMZ4

Signs say to go back but the trail was fairly busy. It was not a long hike, but it was steep. There are parts up by the lookout where the trail gets pretty skinny and has STEEP drop offs on the side. There are memorials where people have died. This hike has BEAUTIFUL VIEWS and if you are steady on your feet it is so worth it.

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over grown
27 days ago

One of best hikes on island. Very well marked. Elevation gain is real. The ropes help but definitely underestimated at first.

Was really muddy

yo to be honest is the easiest hike I've done in hawaii even if you're a inexperienced hiker it migth be a bit slippery but still good hike, very short and great views

This is one of 3 parts of croching lion they all connect. If you stay to the trail to the far left it will only take about 30 mins to the first platform over looking the bay, keep going up theyre many more peaks over looking it and well worth it. The higher the more dangerous especially for kids or people not good with heights. People have died here so be careful. Stay off if the wind picks up or rain rolls in.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Respect the neighborhood and park on Kamehameha hwy by the showers at the beach lot, and walk to the trail opening (stay right for this trail when it spilts in the beginning). You can see if the main waterfall is flowing or not from the street. Went with barely anything flowing and still well well worth it. It’s over a mile for sure, watch clocked over 2 if you go all the way. This trail is not heavily trafficked at all and the trail is very easily to lose sight. Requires quite a lot of crossing the rock stream. Prepare to get wet, muddy and rock climb. If your up for the challenge follow the ropes and you’ll be rewarded. Also for dogs if they are not good at rock climbing or you can’t carry them up rock walls, they can’t make it safely up to the very top. Brought my pembroke welsh corgi and she hiked herself up then I tossed her in my k9 sport sack and rucked her to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

such a great time. this trail felt much longer on the way in as we diverted off the path and boldered our way through the dried up river bed. once you reach the first fall, climb the ropes and carry on to the final two. don't rush and give yourself plenty of time to get to the end. the ropes will slow you down a bit if others are trying to get up and down. not the most physically demanding hike, but having good balance, coordination and confidence in your strength will get you through this one.

This may well be my new favorite on the island. Lightly trafficked but the trail is well marked. Challenging & totally rewarding. The views are remarkable and the energy on this part of the island is so tranquil / serene.

Did this hike on New Years Eve. It was awesome! To find the trail, walk up the road to the right of the firehouse. Do not drive or park up there. There were definitely a few tough spots that were slippery so you must be careful because you can seriously get injured. If you lose the trail or are unsure just stay close to the river. You will come to a small waterfall where you’ll have to climb a wet wall with ropes. Again, go slow and be mindful of each step. Shortly after climbing the small waterfall you will reach a magnificent waterfall. It was pretty light water when I was there but still beautiful.

amazing views

Very easy hike. Kid-friendly. 15-30 mins and done! There are a few approaches to the first and second summit. Both summits are very pretty.

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Beautiful and short hike

Really amazing hike! Short but steep. Not that bad if you’re in good shape. The view from the top is amazing, just park a little farther down the road and go into the entrance past the two signs that say don’t go and you’ll be fine! :)

Took us an hour to get to the falls. Was very muddy and slippery. Had to go over and under tree branches, cross the stream back and forth. It is easy to lose the trail. Just follow the stream. It is dangerous. There is a place where you have to use ropes to climb maybe 15 to 20 feet over a wet wall. We were not sure if climbing that wall was the end of the trail. We are glad we did not stop and went all the way to find a very high fall maybe 10 stories tall. It felt like an Indiana Jones or Kong movie. This hike had it all. Great workout. Beautiful vegetation and a great feeling of accomplishment. Don’t go alone.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views from the top. At times the path is slippy but nothing too bad and small climbing areas but nothing too difficult or dangerous.

hiking
2 months ago

Great view of Kahana bay from the top. Very #instaworthy. I went on a Saturday around 2pm. The trail was dry, thankfully. There were a couple groups of people on the trail. It is a steep trail and heat of the sun shreds your energy fast. Take your time coming down because it's easy to slip!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Should totally do it. HOWEVER!!!! do not park near this trailhead for multiple reasons (most if not all are mentioned in previous reviews) This trail is "off limits"

For a "legal" list of trails in Hawaii: https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/

There are a few different ways to get up there, some easier than others. The way we went up was not easy at all...it was nearly a vertical wall with ropes, and it sure was muddy. I'll admit I was a bit terrified because the steep wall section was dangerous and not for the faint of heart. Gorgeous views though!

steep, beautiful. no coffee when I went.

Easy hike with nice views: Kahana Bay, ancient Hawaiian fishpond. Gonna bring the drone next time

Hike was awesome but when I finished the cops were given out citations at the trailhead said it was illegal and off limits.

Did the hike on 11/1 and it was wet. Rained before and during the hike. The hike up was much easier than the hike down, especially since it was wet. I would recommend the hike to others, but would add caution. The views were worth it, though!

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