Aihualama Trail to Nuuanu Overlook

Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Aihualama Trail to Nuuanu Overlook

Aihualama Trail to Nuuanu Overlook Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Aihualama Trail begins at Manoa Falls, skirts the upper end of Manoa Valley, then heads steeply up to Pauoa Flats and a stunning overlook.

The route passes through groves of bamboo, koa, eucalyptus and enormous banyan trees. The are great views across the valley to Waikiki and Diamond Head. From the Nuuanu Overlook at the trail ’s end are panoramic vistas overlooking the Nuuanu Valley and the rugged Koolau Mountains."

Aihualama Trail to Nuuanu Overlook Trip Reports

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5/28/2010
Got on the Aihualama Trail at the end of the Manoa Falls Trail and summitted Nuuanu Overlook. It was a great hike...definitely not for beginners (especially when it's raining). Great views from the lookout, too! I also agree with previous reviews - DO NOT BRING KIDS ON THIS TRAIL, WEAR GOOD TRACTION AND BRING LOTS OF H2O (you should bring H2O for any hike, though). There are two cool banyan trees along the hike for good photos and at the top you can continue along some unmaintained trails (at your own risk). The trail turns into a stream when it rains so count yourself as warned.
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11/17/2007
Great leg workout! Be careful though, the trail is muddy & rocky which means slips and spills are likely..Helpful tips: BUG spray, walking sticks, plenty of water, and comfortable shoes. Amazing scenery.
PS. parking is nonexistent unless you want to pay $5 at the base of the trail head.(which we did) previous trail
head parking has been closed off.
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9/21/2007
Wow! I'm a novice hiker, well was, I think I can be considered intermediate after this one! BRING HIKING BOOTS!(people were wearing flip flops). That would be my only suggestion, oh and a walking stick. The trail gets extremely muddy, then rocky (which you can slip easily due the mud you were just in), and in some areas, the trail gets thin. I'm talking 2 feet wide next to the edge of the mountain! But the atmosphere is amazing and the view at the end paysoff. It took me 4 hours to do this hike (roundtrip and including the Manoa falls hike). This will be a workout, so turn around if you want a nice leisurely stroll in the forest.
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8/6/2007
Only did the first quarter mile or so of this hike, to try to see the view of the falls - the trail guide said it is within "a few feet" of the start of the hike, but not so. The part I went on was very muddy and slick, so bring some good traction with you.
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4/4/2006
THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE /ADVANCED HIKE. BE SURE TO BRING A COUPLE LITERS OF H2O AND SNACKS/LUNCH. ALSO DONT FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERAS FOR BEAUTIFUL PICTURES. I DONT RECOMEND BRINGING CHILDREN ON THIS HIKE. IF YOU DO, PLEASE DONT SAY THAT I WARNED YOU. THIS HIKE IS VE RRY SLIPERY AND THERE ARE PLACES THAT YOU'LL HAVE TO CLIMB UP& DOWN LEDGES.I LIKED THIS HIKE CAUSE IT WAS A GOOD WORK OUT AND VERY SATIS FYING. ALOHA
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Trail Information

Honolulu
Nearby City
5.6
Distance
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
U.S.G.S. Honolulu - Oahu Reference Maps: Honolulu/Oahu South Shore - Honolulu Mauka Trail System map
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