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Kaiwa Ridge Hike

Hawaii > Oahu > Windward
Summary
Length2 mi
Elev. Gain550 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating8 / 10
TypeView
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.
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Best time to go
Throughout the year - 6 am to 10 pm

Cost
None

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Hike Featured In...
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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 in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Breezy. Scattered showers. Lows 69 to 76. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 76.0° F
Relative Humidity: 80%
Pressure: 29.98"
Dew Point: 69.4° F

Winds from the East at 18.0 mph gusting to 26.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:11 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Weather reported from Waialae Iki, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL23)
Forecast
Thursday
Breezy. Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 79 to 85. East winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 69 to 76. East winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday
Breezy. Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 79 to 86. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 69 to 76. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 8/23/2017 6:43 PM
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