Top Ten Hawaii Adventures

Hike Oahu's Windward Coast
By John Penisten
  |  Gorp.com

Get away from the crowds and go hike Oahu: The Maunawili Trail is a nine-mile route that reaches into some fairly untouched areas of Oahu's windward eastern side. Following the base of the Ko'olau Mountain Range, the trail has some steep rises, but it's mostly level walking through rainforest and open grassy areas. The reward will be beautiful views of east Oahu's coastal areas, mountains, ridges, sheer cliffs, and valleys. Start from the Pali Highway #61 side and hike about an hour in, then turn back. (You could continue—the trail stretches clear to the southeast coast of Oahu.) Take Pali Highway to Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside and follow Old Pali Road at right of lookout to the trailhead. There is also trail access just east of the Pali Tunnels at a scenic pullout on a sharp turn on the way down to Kailua.


Published: 16 Jan 2003 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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