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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
Mostly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 85. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Temperature: 73.4° F
Relative Humidity: 78%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 66.2° F

Winds from the South at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.04"

Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Weather reported from Jack's House Manoa, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL111)
Mostly clear with isolated showers. Lows 64 to 73. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 78 to 85. Northeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 63 to 72. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 75 to 82. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/27/2017 6:50 AM
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