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Maunalaha Trail, is a 0.7 mile hike that begins behind the Nature Center. It crosses a bridge and proceeds left past several taro loi. After one switchback, the trail steeply climbs the east ridge of Makiki Valley.

At 0.7 mi., the trail comes to a 4-way intersection. The extreme right route is the Ualakaa Trail and it takes you to the Ualakaa State Park. The mauka route takes you to the Moleka Trail Trailhead as well as Round Top Drive. The left route is the Makiki Valley Trail, which drops down in the valley, and then goes back up to Tantalus Drive. You can also take this route, cross the valley until you get to an intersection, turn left and proceed makai (toward the ocean) on Kanealole Trail. This route forms a loop which will take you back to the Nature Center and Division of Forestry and Wildlife Baseyard. Stay on the trail. Pack out at least what you pack in. No open fires.

Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.

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Directions: From The intersection of Nehoa and Makiki Streets in Honolulu, Proceed mauka and turn left on Makiki Heights Drive. Continue for approximately 0.5 mile until the road makes a sharp left turn (look for a row of mailboxes on the right side of the road). Proceed straight ahead past the mailboxes through a green gate. There is a sign that says, "Makiki Forest Recreation Area." Proceed mauka, past the Nature Center until you encounter the Forestry and Wildlife baseyard. Hiker parking is in the lot to the right of the baseyard.

Distance: 0.7 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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O'ahu, Hawaii

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