Hiking The Pali (Maunawili) Trail

The 44th most popular hiking trail in Hawaii.

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Northeast of Honolulu on Oahu, the Pali (Maunawili) Trail is an easy 11 mile one-way trek along the windward coast. The flat route is well-marked. It passes through forest on the lower slopes of the Koolau Mountain range.

To reach the trailhead from Honolulu, head northeast on SR61 for 6 miles. On the windward side of Nuuanu Pali Tunnel, park at the scenic lookout just beyond the hairpin turn.

Here are some notes on adventuring in Hawaii. First, unlike mainland forests, the tropical island forests can grow very dense and can mask dropoffs. Plus, the trails can be very wet and slick most of the year (December to February is the main rainy season, but expect rain all year round). Stay on the trail to avoid disorientation. Second, speaking of disorientation, be aware that most Hawaiian topographic maps use the Old Hawaiian Datum. When trying to use the latitude/longitude from those maps with a GPS unit, you will think you are 0.4 miles south/southeast of where you really are. Kind of important in a dense jungle. Third, the bacteria Leptospirosis is found in the local waters and mud. It causes flu like symptoms within 2-20 days of contact, and can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics. Fourth, when hiking about, walking sticks can be very helpful for stablity in the slick conditions, for probing mud hole depths and clearing webs of the tiny crab spider.

Overall, Pali (Maunawili) Trail is the 44th most popular hiking trail of all 45 hikes in Hawaii. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Pali (Maunawili) Trail including Ka ena Point State Park, Kahana Valley State Park, Haiku Trail, Mariners Ridge Trail - Kaluanui Ridge Trail and Diamond Head Crater Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Na Ala Hele (808) 973-9782; Hawaii Trail & Access System (808) 973-9782.

Recommended Book:  "Ultimate Oahu Guidebook" from Andrew Doughty

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Hoomaluhia Garden CG (808) 233-7323 ; Backpackers Youth Hostel; Hawaii Polo Inn, Mokuleia Beach (800) 669-7719

Luxury Loding:  W Honolulu (888) 528-9465; Kahala Mandarin; Royal Hawaiian; Mauna Lani Bay Hotel (800) 367-2323

Breakfast Restaurant:  Maha Cafe, Waimea

Reference Source:  click here http://www.hawaiitrails.org/

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  18507


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