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Kaiwa Ridge Hike

Hawaii > Oahu > Windward
Length2 mi
Elev. Gain550 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating8 / 10
The Kaiwa Ridge Hike is not a very well-known hiking destination, but once you decide to follow this trail, you will know that it is worth the trouble. This is an unmarked trail that is not maintained by the state.

The trail begins across the street of the Mid-Pacific Golf Course. The rich vegetation along the trail can be useful, but remember that some of the trees might not be strong enough to support your weight. Walk for about 100 yards up the dusty red path and you will find the trail opening up, giving first glimpse of the Mokulua and the Lanikai to the south-east and the Kaneohe to the North. The trail then rises steeply up, and you will have to carefully navigate the boulders and the rocks.

After a somewhat long climb, you will come across a junction. Both will take you to the next plateau, but the right path is safer. A steep walk through a rock-strewn path and a descend later will bring you to the World War II era pill box bunkers, which were built to protect the shoreline in case of attacks. The second pill box bunker is often used by hikers to get a 360 degree view of the island. Finally, you can take the return trip safely by walking back onto the main trail.

Best time to go
Throughout the year - 6 am to 10 pm


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 23.405' N
157° 43.141' W

Driving Directions:
You should head north on the Kalanianaole Highway and then take a right into the Kailua town. Drive past the Kailua Beach Park and follow the right fork into the Aalapapa Drive and take a right into the Kaelepulu Drive. You will find the unofficial trail head starting with a narrow dirt path from here.
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Weather Report for Kailua, HI
Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Lows around 70. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Temperature: 70.8° F
Relative Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 29.93"
Dew Point: 68.4° F

Winds from the South at 5.0 mph gusting to 8.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:59 AM
Sunset: 5:50 PM
Weather reported from Waialae Iki, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL23)
Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs 73 to 78. West winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the northwest late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 62 to 67. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Breezy. Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. Highs 73 to 78. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 63 to 68. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:10 AM
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