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Honolulu Mauka Trail System

Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Length9 mi
Elev. Gain1300 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating10 / 10
The Honolulu Mauka Trail System is one of the best maintained trails in the Oahu Island. The trail system can be accessed easily and is a favorite among local as well as amateur hikers. This interlocking system of trails consists of a number of trails - each representing a new and interesting element of nature.

The system consists of the Kaneaole Trail (full of indigenous plants), the Makiki Loop Trail (full of Hawaiian trees with vines and rocky paths), the Moleka Trail (with a beautiful corridor of bamboo), the Manoa Cliff Trail (with a cool and dark forest and patches of strawberry bamboo). Avoid this trail during winter. Do not miss to take a view of the beautiful Mania Cliff from the elevated bench here.), the Puu Ohia Trail and the Kakawahine Trail (with a protected snail habitat.)

The Honolulu Mauka Trail System is indeed special as it offers innumerable hiking possibilities for the hiking enthusiast. You will be treated to views of native birds, marine life and even the numerous insects and parasites of the region.

Best time to go
7 to 10 pm


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By Pamela Wright
Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 18.999' N
157° 49.664' W

Driving Directions:
Take the Punahou exit from H-1 east and take the left on Nehoa Street. After the second right, follow the fork on the left onto the Makiki Heights Drive. After parking your car walk up the paved road to the Hawaii Nature Centre to reach your trail.
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Weather Report for Honolulu, HI
Occasional showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 59 to 77. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the southeast in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 60.1° F
Relative Humidity: 88%
Pressure: 29.87"
Dew Point: 56.5° F

Winds from the NNW at 3.0 mph gusting to 30.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.62"

Sunrise: 6:00 AM
Sunset: 6:56 PM
Weather reported from Waialae Iki, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL23)
Cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Lows 55 to 69. South winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 62 to 81. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 59 to 72. South winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 64 to 83. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:55 AM
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