Pu'u Pia

Honolulu, Hawaii

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This short hike takes you through a forest of gaudy tropical flowers and singing birds to the top of a local landmark for a great view of the Ko’olau pali (cliff), Honolulu, and the sea. It’s an easy, steady climb on a good trail. Beyond a trail sign on Alani Drive, the street turns into Alani Lane and becomes very narrow. The pavement ends after you have passed a few houses and a graffiti-covered wall. Step over the low cable that blocks vehicle access and find yourself in deep forest at once, beneath tall dark trees dripping with vines and creepers, most of them escaped houseplants. The trail is lined with spectacular gingers and heliconias in varied colors, and white-rumped shamas warble (they really do warble) in the trees. Ascend easily on a path that seems entirely surfaced with interwoven tree roots.

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"This short hike takes you through a forest of gaudy tropical flowers and singing birds to the top of a local landmark for a great view of the Ko’olau pali (cliff), Honolulu, and the sea. It’s an easy, steady climb on a good trail.

Beyond a trail sign on Alani Drive, the street turns into Alani Lane and becomes very narrow. The pavement ends after you have passed a few houses and a graffiti-covered wall. Step over the low cable that blocks vehicle access and find yourself in deep forest at once, beneath tall dark trees dripping with vines and creepers, most of them escaped houseplants. The trail is lined with spectacular gingers and heliconias in varied colors, and white-rumped shamas warble (they really do warble) in the trees. Ascend easily on a path that seems entirely surfaced with interwoven tree roots."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Honolulu
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Honolulu
Driving Directions: Directions to Pu'u Pia

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May 2018