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Moanalua Valley Trail [1 hike report]

Hawaii > Oahu > Central
Length3.6 mi
Elev. Gain350 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating9 / 10
The Moanalua Valley Trail has an interesting history. It was a land that originally belonged to Kamehameha the Great. The land passed through a succession of owners, finally coming to Samuel Damon and his family.

Along the trail you would come across the remains of Damon's house after crossing seven bridges. At the seventh and last bridge, you will find a stone that is engraved with Hawaiian petroglyphs. After the marker number 12, the trail will rise steeply towards the nearest ridge. After a series of twists and turns, the trail will lead you to the prime lookout spot, from where you can see almost the entire valley.

While attempting the steep decent, make sure that you are adequately rested and hydrated.

Best time to go
Noon to 3 pm round the year


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 22.444' N
157° 52.769' W

Driving Directions:
Head West on the H-1 freeway and take the Exit-2 for Moanalua Red Hill. Take a right to reach the Ala Aolani Street, into the Moanalua Valley.
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Weather Report for Tripler AMC, HI
Breezy. Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with chance of showers after midnight. Lows 63 to 71. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Temperature: 70.2° F
Relative Humidity: 2%
Pressure: 29.91"
Dew Point: -16.1° F

Winds from the NE at 3.8 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.05"

Sunrise: 6:59 AM
Sunset: 5:51 PM
Weather reported from Manoa, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL106)
Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs 65 to 80. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 56 to 67. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Breezy. Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 65 to 79. Northeast winds 10 to 25 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 57 to 68. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:20 AM
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Moanalua Valley Trail - by SfelicianoWednesday, June 19, 2013
Sunny with few showers in the evening around 5pm. Cool and breezy. Easy trail, flat with slight incline. Paved trail . Wide for trucks to drive through. Few marked hunting trails toward the ridge on the right when going up this trail past the petroglyphs. At the fork of the trail we took the right fork, went another 30 minutes and had to head back. Went in an hour and 45 minutes including taking photos and looking around at the history. Took 1 hour to get back. Did not get to the rodent .....
Miles Hiked:4
Trail Condition:Good
Weather:Partly Sunny
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