Route: Maunawili Trail contours the base of the Ko`olau Mountain Range on the
windward side. It begins off the Pali Highway and ends in Waimanalo. It
offers spectacular views of the windward side of Oahu, Olomana, and the
Ko`olaupoko watershed. Vegetation along the trail includes mountain
apple, rose apple, ti, naupaka, mamake, lobelia, koa and ohia.
Maunawili Trail is a good family trail.
1. Via the Pali Highway: From Honolulu, head towards Kailua on the Pali
Highway. Just after going through the tunnels, there is a hairpin turn.
Begin to look for the parking area (marked scenic overlook), which is
just after the hairpin turn. Park in this turnout. The trailhead is
adjacent to the parking area.
2. Via Kalanianaole Highway: Go through Waimanalo town on Kalanianaole
Hwy. Turn left on Kumuhau Street. At the end, turn right onto
Waikupanaha St. Shortly after you pass Mahiku Place, on your right,
there will be a fence and gate, also on your right. Park in the gravel
area and proceed through the small break in the fence. Continue along
the dirt road. You will soon reach the Maunawili Ditch Trail on the
right. Continue along the dirt road until you reach a gap in the ridge
- the land on the other side of the ridge is private property. Take the
left fork which is the Mauanwili Trail.
3. Via Maunawili Falls and Maunawili Connector Trail. To reach
Maunawili Falls Trail, see webpage. Approximately 1 mile up Maunwaili
Falls Trail, you will come to the Maunawili Connector Trail. Go up the
Connector Trail to a junction with Maunawili Trail. This joins
Maunawili Trail approximately 2 miles in from the Pali Trailhead.
There is no camping allowed on this trail. Stay on the trail. Keep dogs
on leash. Pack out at least what you pack in. No open fires.
Mountain Bikers: Always
yield to hikers. Do not slide around corners or slide down the trail.
Careless mountain biking damages the trail and causes erosion. If
accidents are reported or damage to the trail is extreme, the trail may
be closed to mountain bikers.
Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and
color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features
are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch
off from the public features may be on private property, and are not
managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent
landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing
and possibly putting yourself at risk.
For more information http://www.hawaiitrails.org/home.asp