Aihualama Trail

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address End of Manoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822
Short, moderately difficult connecting trail with major elevation gains.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles • Hiking: Level: Moderate
• Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Waterfalls

The Aihualama Trail is a 1.3 mile long out and back hiking trail that connects the Pauoa Flats Trail to the Manoa Falls Trail. Although this is a relatively short section of trail, the elevation ranges between 800 feet and 1,600 feet with an overall 800 foot elevation gain. Because of that, this is considered a moderately difficult hike.

There are two ways to access this section of trail. The first and most common is via the Manoa Falls Trail. Hike that trail and when you are near the final waterfall (which is Manoa Falls and sometimes called Aihualama Falls) you'll be able to head left onto the Aihualama Trail. If you follow the Aihualama Trail up you'll connect to the Pauoa Flats Trail.

If you then follow that trail to your right for about 0.5 miles you'll end up at the Pauoa Flats Lookout on the Ko'olau summit which offers some incredible views of the Nu'uanu Valley below. The Nu'uanu Reservoir will be out in the distance from that outlook. Between the lookout and reservoir is the Lulumahu Falls Hike (though you can't access or see those falls from this lookout).

The other option is to access Aihualama Trail from the other via the Pauoa Flats Trail and then working your way down. If you go that route you'll need to start at the Judd Memorial Trail and Jackass Ginger Pool and then to the Nu'uanu Trail or start at the Manoa Cliff Trail or Kalawahine Trail, both of which will connect to the Pauoa Flats Trail and to this trail.

On Aihualama Trail you'll head through bamboo forests and a series of switchbacks that skirt the Manoa Valley.

You may also encounter hunting dogs so if you do bring a dog on this trail (which isn't recommended) it must be leashed at all times. Be sure to also read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out.