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Puu Manamana

Hawaii > Oahu > Windward
Length4.5 mi
Elev. Gain2100 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating9 / 10
One of the most dangerous hiking trails of the state, the Puu Manamana should be undertaken with extreme caution and only if you are a very skilled hiker, with really good physical stamina and fitness. The trail has gained a reputation as the 'Death Ridge' or the 'Crouching Lion Death Plunge' - and the danger truly suits the name.

The trail gains the major portion of its height in the first mile and a half itself. The path is very narrow with sheer drop of hundreds of feet on both the sides. The trail is also marked by a number of knobs in the middle and a steep and narrow descent, where the snarled roots and patches of moss and rot make the path very difficulty.

Puu Manamana trail begins near the Crouching Lion Inn. You will begin to feel the strain of the trail from the very beginning itself. After a steep climb, you will come to a series of rock faces that you have to climb with the help of handholds. After a bit, you will reach a plateau with the rock formation of the crouching lion. There is a massive mound of rock near the 2,000 feet mark. The hike back can be even more dangerous, since you will have gravity working against you.

Best time to go
March to September


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 33.421' N
157° 52.034' W

Driving Directions:
Take the Likelike Highway exit through the Kalihi Valley and the Wilson Tunnel. Continue past the Kahaluu, Waiahole and Kaaawa till the road turns right by the Kahana Bay. Backtrack through Kamehameha Highway and look for a guardrail on the right and the Route 83 sign. Turn right from here.
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Weather Report for Kaaawa, HI
Occasional showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 59 to 77. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the southeast in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 59.3° F
Relative Humidity: 88%
Pressure: 30.12"
Dew Point: 55.0° F

Winds from the ESE at 0.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.06"
Today: 0.33"

Sunrise: 6:00 AM
Sunset: 6:56 PM
Weather reported from Mililani Town, Mililani, HI (KHIMILIL9)
Cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Lows 55 to 69. South winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 62 to 81. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 59 to 72. South winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 64 to 83. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:59 AM
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