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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
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 72 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 69.5° F
Relative Humidity: 99%
Pressure: 29.81"
Dew Point: 69.2° F

Winds from the North at 2.2 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM
Weather reported from Manoa, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL106)
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 60 to 74. East winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Partly sunny. Scattered showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 71 to 83. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 59 to 73. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 68 to 80. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/27/2017 6:49 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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