Nahuina Trail

Nahuina Trail
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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address 4072-4098 Telephone Rd, Honolulu, HI 96813
Short, out and back trail on Mount Tantalus.

• 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 Nahuina Trail is a short, 0.75 mile (one way) out and back style hiking trail located on Mount Tantalus Honolulu. The trail has an overall 600 foot elevation gain from start to finish through a few switchbacks.

Getting here is easy since the northern (higher) trailhead is right off of Tantalus Drive, see our directions page for exact pinpoint. As you drive up Tantalus Drive, you'll find a parking area off the left side of the road on the last right hand curve before the trailhead. Park there and be very careful walking to the trailhead (up and across the road) as cars here likely won't be looking for you. Speaking of hiking dangers, be sure to read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before you go.

If you start at the north end you'll be working your way down and will eventually intersect with the Makiki Valley Loop Trail / Makiki Valley Trail. If you head left at that intersection you'll be starting the Makiki Valley Loop Trail / Makiki Valley Trail which will connect to the Kanealole Trail and several others. If you instead turn right at the Makiki Valley Loop Trail / Makiki Valley Trail intersection you'll pop out back onto Tantalus Drive. Of course, you'll be much further down the road than where you parked so this isn't a good way to get back to your car. Instead, take the trail back the way you came for a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike.

As you hike the Nahuina Trail you'll pass through a banana grove and through ti plants that line the switchbacks. The ti plant is popular here in Hawaii, something early Polynesian voyagers introduced. They're easy to spot with their large, shiny leaves on a skinny stem. Hawaiians would wrap food in these ti leaves and then place it in an underground oven (called an imu).