Makiki Valley Trail Loop Hike – Honolulu Mauka Trail System

The Makiki Valley Trail Loop is a perfect way to burn off a few calories. The hike gets the cardio going, but it’s not a difficult one. This Oahu hike is right in Honolulu and is actually only a 10-minute drive from Waikiki. This is just another reason why living in Honolulu is absolutely awesome. You can go from a completely urban setting to trekking through a forest in 10 minutes. The Honolulu Mauka Trail System is made up of 17 different trails which run for miles.


Directions to the Honolulu Mauka Trail System

From Nehoa St, head Mauka on Makiki St, and take a left on Makiki Heights Dr. Just as the road is about to go into a sharp turn, take a right at the fork in the road, just past the Hawaii Nature Center. The gravel parking lot will be on the left, up the road. Walk up the road, past the gate, and up to the restrooms and a bridge on the right. This is the beginning of the trail.

The Makiki Valley Trail Loop

The Makiki Valley Trail Loop is one of the shortest options and is made of three trails: Kanealole, Makiki Valley and Maunalaha. Makiki Valley and is 2.4 miles long. The Kanealole Trail is the steepest, yet easy to hike. The forest and the root system throughout the trail are breathtaking. The Kanealole Trail links up with the Makiki Loop Trail, where the descent begins. The last part is the Maunalaha Trail that leads back to the starting point. The Makiki Valley Trail Loop hike is filled with beautiful scenery, waterfalls, streams, and a variety of trees, vines, plants, and bamboo.

Honolulu Mauka Trail System

Makiki Valley Trail Loop Hike

Put your hiking shoes on, take some water, and enjoy this beautiful hike in Honolulu.

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