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

went to do this trail the first time and had trouble finding it , the second time I tried to find it I couldn't believe I had missed it lol .

followed the other comments directions, keeping left along the trail, and found it with ease.

beautiful place and glad to have experienced it, was a little hesitant at first due to it being a sacred place but we were respectful.

went to try and look for the waterfall but my friend started hearing noises and we saw a seat pad like thing nailed to a tree and we got creeped out and made our way briskly to the exit.

12 days ago

Trail totally overgrown. Made it in a little ways then totally lost the trail and gps didn’t help. Trail is gone.

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13 days ago

Completed with a "newbie" so the trek was slow and with the recent rains some definite slick spots.

Decided to take the road back since the trail was a little slick.

Ended up being 2.5 miles.

hiking
13 days ago

Completed a portion but then switched to Nuihana. Other portion to follow later.

Nice canopy for shade when it's hot out.

Good for families and kids.

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13 days ago

Definitely a cardio workout! Beautiful views up top. Wouldn't recommend beginners to do it.

Stumbled upon the ruins while hiking to Lulumahu Falls, cool trail through some think bamboo forest, very peaceful and tranquil. Definitely recommend especially since you can go by the ruins and waterfall in one trip.

Almost 200 stairsteps lead off this very nice ridge hike. We managed to complete in just over 3 hours and only 1 fall. There is a likely turnaround point about 2/3 of the way. Go to the end before turning around, it’s worth it.

Hiked this trail today. Would rate it high end of moderate because of overgrown uluhe, etc in the last mile plus covering the single track and very muddy trail. Bring a few liters of water and some snacks. Had a few ropes but not really needed. GPS showed 8.04 miles.

We had a hard time finding it, but if you park right off the Pali walk down the road that’s next to the parking lot, follow it down through the tunnel of trees. When the road bends, there will be an opening on the left. You can’t see the sign it’s in the bushes. After your on the trail a minute, take a left at the first fork it goes up slightly. After another 5-10 minutes there will be another fork. Left again and it will be shortly after that. Be mindful, don’t touch or stand on structures. It’s a historic site. Be respectful and remember it’s a quiet area.

Fun hike to do in the rain. Once we got to the top of the waterfall, we headed back out. No need for us to take the much more difficult route to get to the bottom. We enjoyed the adventure overall and it was very manageable. We had an 11 year old and 5 year old hiking with us as well.

Does anyone know if there is flowing water/springs on this trail that you can use for purifying?

3 months ago

It was so peaceful and beautiful! It’s a little hard to find at first but I found some good directions online. If you know of the Pali highway the dirty parking lot for lulumahu falls you can park there and then the road to your right is called Nu’uanu Pali Drive you can either walk down there and at the very end you’ll see where it is or you can drive down there and park next to the water pipeline building. Which will be on your right side. It’s a little up the road to the right hand side across the street from water pipe line building. Be very respectful and don’t throw trash it’s a very quiet peaceful Hawaiian sacred. Grounds. If you posted pictures of mine give directions as well as it’s hard to fine

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3 months ago

Moderate hike with some nice views. Best to park on Kalihi Street and walk to trailhead. About 2.1 miles out to turnaround area. Looks like the trail goes further through some uluhe, but saved that for next time.

Be respectful of the land and history that is here. It really is beautiful! Once you find the trailhead it is a short and easy walk. Bring bug spray. We tried to find the falls but gave up.

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4 months ago

Easy hike with geocaching, only negative is the pig hunters with dogs.

It is recommended that you are quiet, stealthy, and respectful if you come to this strange and beautiful place, not only because you are trespassing, but because there is some non-corporeal entity watching you. It is not recommended that you leave your trash behind on the trail, but if you decide to, it pleases me to remove it for you.

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4 months ago

Great easy hiking with options to connect to other trails. Shaded and interesting change in plant life as you move along. Only downside is no parking lot but you can park on the road and walk to the trailheads. Just be careful because the road is winding and narrow with limited shoulder space.

nature trips
4 months ago

Very easy hike. Absolutely beautiful foliage.

To find this trail, you need to walk all the way up Manaiki Pl. When you reach the end of the street, look for a white mailbox to your right. Take the stairs right next to the mailbox. While it looks like the stairs to someone's home, continue on until the stairs become a trail. You will know you're on the right track when you reach a grafitti- covered concrete water tank. The ridgeline trail end when you reach a breezy cluster of pine trees, despite the GPS map saying you are only halfway. Enjoy!

4 months ago

street parking and walk around the elementary school grounds, up a walk, and cut through the playground along the fence and the trailhead is pretty obvious. quick ascent up to radar road and then a fairly monotonous up and down ridge hike until near the end. the sights along the way are ok. lots of scratchy ferns. the final ascent is where this gets a hard rating. definitely more fun at the end and probably for more experienced folks. took 7 hours total including breaks at an easy pace.

Super peaceful. Great scenery.

Tourists...respect the area and make sure to clean up after yourselves. Locals, it’s never enough to just show aloha, we must also show them how...let’s lead by setting good examples.

Cross the street from Nalonieha Street and go past the water pumping station to the end of the street. Take the steep steps into the woods and you are on the trail. We enjoyed the trail: hiking sticks are recommended.

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8 months ago

A great hike which is a bit tedious in the beginning but the views are worth it.

The ruins are amazing and so is the bamboo forest, but the falls aren't really accessible as they are on private land.

Ruins are an interesting bit of history and easy to to get to, but inding the falls is a bit tougher. Take the main trail until it appears to end. Step over logs and weave through until trail gets better. You will hear the water fall. Keep going and you will begin to descend to the stream. Cross steam and look for red ribbons to take you on an easier path around and down to base of large falls.

good for all skill levels.

Beautiful site of old ruins. Not really much of a hike

Nice walk through a bamboo forest, tricky to find the way to the waterfall! Anyhow its a very short easy walk ... but I don't recommend it because you cannot reach the fall from upclose!!! You'll be 100ft way or more because ...this fall is on a private land ( there us a house build close io it)... and for thoses reasons I would have not gone for it if I knew that.

Getting to the ruins was insanely easy: turn left at the first fork in the bamboo forest. Getting to the falls was another matter entirely; keep in mind that the bottom of the falls is definitely on private property so enter at your own risk. Very pretty though!

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