Oahu, Hawaii

Hau'ula Loop Trail

December 24, 2003



A fairly easy, 2.5 mile hike upward through pine forests to a high open ridge. Provides nice views overlooking the North Shore and the mountain valleys.






Past the gate at the road's end there was a sign pointing in the direction of the trail. Two trails actually begin here. Ma'akua Ridge trail is straight ahead; Hau'ula Loop Trail is just beyond the sign on the right hand side.



There was room for parking in front of this locked gate. A short walk down the paved road and the trail head was on the right.










The path ascends quickly up the side of a hill.




Hau'ula trail begins here and is marked by a small brown and yellow sign.











Ocean views facing the North Shore are common along this trail.




Several views of the valley and distant mountain ranges open up.











The ridge along the top marks the high point of the trail and provides views of the distant mountains.




Some of the unusual sights further along are the fluorescent green pools of water "dyed" by the naturally occurring algae.










The stairways signal the descent back down toward sea level. The views of the ocean from up here are some of the best along the trail.



Directions:

Take H1 west bound. Get off at the Likilike exit and go through the mountains. Take Kahekili Highway west toward Laie. A few miles past Kahana Bay, turn left just past the 7-11 store onto Hauula Homestead Road. A small church also serves as a landmark. Turn right onto Maakua Homestead Road which will lead you right to the locked gate before the trail head.



Useful Information:
  • Fairly easy loop trail ending at the same point where it began
  • Bring mosquito repellent
  • One or two very small stream crossings - the path may be muddy
  • Bring water - there are no facilities along the trail
  • Do not leave valuables in car
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