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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 in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. Lows 70 to 76. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 77.0° F
Relative Humidity: 81%
Pressure: 30.02"
Dew Point: 70.7° F

Winds from the ESE at 1.3 mph gusting to 2.5 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:29 AM
Sunset: 6:01 PM
Weather reported from KHIHONOL102 Kamehame Ridge, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL102)
Mostly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 78 to 84. Light winds becoming south around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday Night
Haze in the evening. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 68 to 74. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with showers likely and isolated thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 76 to 82. South winds around 10 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 68 to 74. Southwest winds around 10 mph shifting to the west early in the morning. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:07 PM
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