Kanealole Trail

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address 2131 Makiki Heights Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822
Short, out and back trail that connects to several others in this area.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy
• Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail

The Kanealole Trail is a short, out and back style hiking trail that connects to the Maunalaha Trail on the lower end and the Makiki Valley Loop Trail / Makiki Valley Trail on the upper end. You'll find it in the Honolulu area of O'ahu.

Starting at the lower end, you can access the trail off of Makiki Heights Drive, see our directions for exact location. It's a little odd to get to the trailhead but when you reach the hairpin turn on Makiki Heights Drive that's closest to our mapped location, you'll take the straight road at the hairpin (rather than follow the curve).

Drive down and through the gate when you see the Makiki Forest Recreation Area sign and head to the gravel lot on your left. Walk up the road to the restroom (stone building) and turn right and you'll see the trailhead right after the bridge.

The trail follows a stream over a short 0.7 mile distance as it slowly ascends with a total elevation gain of around 600 feet. At the end you'll intersect with the Makiki Valley Loop Trail / Makiki Valley Trail and have some options. First up, turn around and walk back the way you came is the easiest route.

If you head left on the Makiki Valley Loop Trail / Makiki Valley Trail you'll have the option of heading to the Makiki Valley Loop Trail / Makiki Valley Trail trailhead (stay left) which dumps out onto Tantalus Drive or connecting to the Nahuina Trail if you stay right at the next fork.

If you head right on the Makiki Valley Loop Trail / Makiki Valley Trail, you'll be able to follow that trail down. It will then connect to the Maunalaha Trail and loop back towards your original starting point on the Kanealole Trail. If you take this route (shown in green on the above map), making a loop trail, it's about 2.3 miles total.

The Kanealole Trail actually started life as a dirt road created in 1906 and used for construct a water main from springs along the Kanealole Stream to a reservoir in Makiki. Be sure to read Hiking Safety & Essentials before you go.