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Kuliouou Ridge Trail

Hawaii > Oahu > Waikiki
Length5 mi
Elev. Gain1900 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
Kuliouou Ridge Trail attracts an estimated 2,000 hikers throughout the year and is considered to be the best ridge hike trail in the whole of Oahu Island. The trail offers a unique experience to all hikers and there is something for hikers of various skill levels. The great view, the ever changing terrain and the beauty of nature in this trail makes it especially attractive.

The hiking trail begins gently with a few rolling hills. Stick to the broader path and make sure that you have a strong footing as there are a number of sharp turns and steep rocky elbows. You will catch great view of the valley interiors, since the trail follows the mountain grooves. In the trail you will come across the Ironwood Grove, where a thick carpet of fallen needles would cover everything in sight. In most cases you will lose the path, so it is better to aim for the open space past the Norfolk Island pines.

Amateur hikers should turn around after the Hawaii Kai Lookout, though experienced hikers can go on to the Puu O Kona, which is a flat peak.

Best time to go
After 3 pm


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 18.223' N
157° 43.466' W

Driving Directions:
Head east on Kalanianaole and turn left on Elelupe Street. Head left on Kuliouou Road, then right, then turn right on Kalaau Place. Parking is available on the street. Walk past the Board of Water Supply gate and stay right at the fork. The trailhead is located at the right.
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Weather Report for Honolulu, HI
Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Lows 66 to 72. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 69.7° F
Relative Humidity: 2%
Pressure: 29.91"
Dew Point: -16.5° F

Winds from the North at 0.9 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.05"

Sunrise: 6:59 AM
Sunset: 5:50 PM
Weather reported from Manoa, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL106)
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs around 78. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 58 to 66. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs around 78. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy. Breezy. Isolated showers after midnight. Lows 59 to 67. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph increasing to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:07 AM
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