Manoa Cliff Trail

Honolulu, Hawaii

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This hike along a section of the crest of the Ko’olau Mountains gives you views (weather permitting, of course) over much of the island, both up the windward coast and out over Honolulu. There are lots of beautiful and interesting plants and flowers, and and a rare native Hawaiian snail. Along the way you have an opportunity to make an easy climb of Mount Tantalus (Pu’u Ohia) at 2,013 feet. It’s the high point on the rim of a volcanic crater. There are plenty of native Hawaiians here—ohia lehua, koa, ie’ie, and white hibiscus—as well as the usual suspects brought by the original Hawaiians and Europeans: ti, eucalyptus, ginger, and the infamous Koster’s curse. In the damper places the cliffs drip with nearly a dozen different species of ferns.
Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

This hike along a section of the crest of the Ko’olau Mountains gives you views (weather permitting, of course) over much of the island, both up the windward coast and out over Honolulu. There are lots of beautiful and interesting plants and flowers, and and a rare native Hawaiian snail. Along the way you have an opportunity to make an easy climb of Mount Tantalus (Pu’u Ohia) at 2,013 feet. It’s the high point on the rim of a volcanic crater.

There are plenty of native Hawaiians here—ohia lehua, koa, ie’ie, and white hibiscus—as well as the usual suspects brought by the original Hawaiians and Europeans: ti, eucalyptus, ginger, and the infamous Koster’s curse. In the damper places the cliffs drip with nearly a dozen different species of ferns.

©  Suzanne Swedo /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Honolulu
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Honolulu
Driving Directions: Directions to Manoa Cliff Trail

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May 2018