Makiki Valley Loop

Honolulu, Hawaii 96811

Makiki Valley Loop

Makiki Valley Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This patch of hills and valleys above Honolulu was almost completely denuded by agricultural uses before it was reclaimed. Now a crazy mix of trees from all over the world makes a fascinating and beautiful setting for a hike. Along the trail you’ll find interpretive panels about the history, archaeology, and ecology of the area, as well as an area of plants used by the original Polynesians.

You might be able to pick up a free booklet at the nature center that includes a map of the trail and descriptions of some of the things you’ll see on your walk. The markers along the trail, which at one time corresponded with descriptions on the map, have not been maintained, and the brochure describes the route in a counter-clockwise direction, opposite the way it’s described in this guide, but the booklet is full of interesting and useful information."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The Makiki Valley Loop is located in the lush tropical forest of Makiki Valley. The paths loops on three trails through eucalyptus and bamboo groves up, across and back down the valley. There are several stream crossings and scenic views of Honolulu and the Manoa Valley. From the end of the road, pass the Hawaii Nature Center and the forestry baseyard to the trailhead. Take the signed Kanealole Trail up the Makiki Valley. Walk through the shady forest along the west side of Kanealole Stream. The trail ends at 0.7 miles by a signed junction with the Makiki Valley Trail. Bear right, crossing several branches of Kanealole Stream. Continue across the Makiki Valley, contouring around the ridges and gullies to Moleka Stream."

Makiki Valley Loop Trip Reports

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good afternoon walk. Close to town and ample parking. I went up the Maunalaha Trail which is a steeper incline and more difficult to navigate. Mostly covered with canopy and the stream crossings were good with bridges. Encountered local hunters with dogs looking for pigs which was no issue. They were very friendly and all dogs were tame. A few good glimpes of town also. Would do it again. Next time will do the outer trails also and will bring my camera. During rainy season, could be more or a challenge.

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Trail Information

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1.5 to 2.5 hours
USGS Honolulu
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