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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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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
Breezy. Partly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with showers likely after midnight. Lows 64 to 75. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Temperature: 75.7° F
Relative Humidity: 76%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 67.6° F

Winds from the East at 13.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:29 AM
Sunset: 6:01 PM
Weather reported from Hawaii Loa Ridge, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL135)
Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 71 to 85. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy. Haze in the evening. Scattered showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows 62 to 73. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 69 to 83. Southwest winds around 10 mph increasing to south 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 62 to 73. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:15 PM
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