Kalawahine Trail contours the edge of Pauoa Valley, winding in and out of gulches along the way. It offers some great views of Pauoa Valley and the northern end of Honolulu. Vegetation is diverse along this trail, including mamake, koa, bananas, ginger and albizia. Moreover, 1.1 miles down the trail, you will come to a junction on the right with Manoa Cliff Trail. If you choose to continue along Manoa Cliff Trail, you can loop back to Round Top Drive. Then, carefully walk the road (to your right) back to your car. If you continue straight past the Manoa Cliff junction, Kalawahine Trail ends at Pauoa Flats Trail, where you can go right or left. If you go left, Pauoa Flats Trail will take you to Aihualama Trail (on your right), Nuuanu Trail (on your left), or a lookout over Nuuanu Valley (continue straight on Pauoa Flats Trail past the Aihualama junction). If you go right on Pauoa Flats Trail from Kalawahine Trail, it will end at a junction with Manoa Cliff Trail. There is a system trail map here.
Terrain: Mountainous. Thick, partially native forest.
General Information: Stay on the trail. Keep dogs on leash. 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.
Directions: From Honolulu, From Makiki Heights Drive, go uphill on Tantalus Drive. When you get close to the top, just after going over a narrow bridge, look for the trailhead on the left. It will be adjacent to a private road, going uphill. Park in the parking area on the right just past the trailhead.
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