'Aiea Loop

Aiea, Hawaii 96701

'Aiea Loop

'Aiea Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This relatively level loop just above Honolulu is high enough into the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains to feel wild and is a great favorite with both locals and visitors. In fact, it can be crowded on weekends. The route offers some interesting views and a variety of tropical trees and flowers.

Like most of the trails on the (geologically) older islands, this one can be muddy and slippery when wet. The trailhead has water, toilets, picnic facilities, and a heiau to visit as an added bonus. You can hike this trail in either direction, but most people prefer to start at the upper end and wind up at
the lower, so that is how it is described here."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Keaiwa Heiau State Park is the site of an ancient healing temple. The park sits in the foothills of the Koolau Range above the town of Aiea. The Aiea Loop Trail snakes along a ridge descending from the Koolau Mountains in the state park. The trail winds through tall forests of eucalyptus, Norfolk Island, koa, ohia, ironwood and guava trees. The well-maintained path passes numerous majestic canyons and has great views of Pearl Harbor, the Koolau Range and Central Oahu." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: Oahu (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"Just above Honolulu, but high enough into the Ko’olau mountains to feel wild and remote, this relatively level loop is a great favorite with both locals and visitors. In fact, it can be crowded on weekends. There are some interesting views and a variety of tropical trees and flowers. It can be slippery when wet so hiking poles and caution are recommended if it has been raining." Read more

'Aiea Loop Reviews

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9/4/2018
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7/9/2018
This is a really incredible trail with gorgeous scenery! There are many scenic areas with seating areas along the route that allow you to look out into the valleys around. It took me two and a half hours with frequent stopping, admiring, and exploring. Very easy and beautiful hike.
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6/1/2011
Great trail if you don't mind getting a bit dirty. 5 miles of easy hiking. Great for pets too.
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10/29/2010
This trail is one of my favorites. Don't listen to anyone that says the views aren't amazing. They are more than amazing, especially because you can hike parallel to H-3. You will have to find this on your own however.
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5/14/2010
Great hike! Along the up and down path you get some good (not spectacular) views and experience about 5 microclimates. Lots of roots in some sections and a few uphill sections that are short and steep. Almost every peak has an electrical pole, but some views are very nice. The flora is certainly fascinating. Very glad to have done this hike.
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1/16/2010
Done this trail many times, on my garmin it was 4.2 miles, can be very muddy.
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11/16/2009
Went on a wet day. The park is a wonderul area for a picnic or family bbq...not crowded today and the weather was mixed clouds and sun. Trail is in good shape...muddy though because of recent rain and at times footing was a little tricky at best. Great views of the city and H3. Would love to run it when it's dry.....One thing..There was a lot of dog droppings on the trail...owners need do a better job of taking their pets off trail to do that or pick it up.
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6/30/2007
We hike this one in reverse of the published hiking directions, starting at the camping area. The first half is is more uphill, this way, but we didn't like hiking up the driveway to where we parked. That hill is steep after hiking a couple of hours on the trail. Also, our time is usually 1 hr 45 mins or less.
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8/20/2006
Trail is great and the views and vegetation are marvelous. This is a good arobic workout with ups and downs in the trail. Ellie Edmondson
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8/28/2003
This is a nice hike up in the Aiea Heights area of central Oahu! The trail head has ample parking, but due to some break ins, it is advised to park down by the park ranger's house near the park entrance, and hike up to the trail head. Nice terrain, wooded, some strawberry guava stands (Mmmmm) and various other flora. They are folks that mountain bike this trail, so beware if you are hiking. Some of the wet spots are pretty sloshy and slippery mudded areas. Nice view of Halawa valley at the overlook down onto H-3. Camping is available in the park, but you must obtain a permit. Nice hike, not too difficult!
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Trail Information

Aiea
Nearby City
4.7
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2.5 to 3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Keaiwa Heiau State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Waipahu
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018