Kalawahine Trail

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address 3803 Tantalus Dr, Honolulu, HI 96813
Short, mostly covered hike up Tantalus.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 1-2 Miles • Hiking: Level: Easy
• Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views

The Kalawahine Trail is an out and back section of trail that can become a longer hike if you keep going onto other trails where this one ends. The trailhead starts off of Tantalus Drive (see Tantalus and Round Top Hill Drive) where we've marked our map by viewing the directions.

The Kalawahine hike will contour the edge of the Pauoa Valley as it winds in and out of gulches as you pass through all sorts of banana trees, koa trees, and ginger plants. You may also encounter snails as this area is a native snail habitat. If you look carefully on top and under leaves you may spot some but be careful not to disturb them or let them fall on the ground. The number of snails has dropped over the years as people collect their shells, encroach on their land, and from various predators that have been introduced on the island.

Since this trail section is only 1.6 miles each way and the elevations fall between 1,400 feet in elevation to a maximum of almost 1,800feet, it's not a very difficult trail for most. Towards the end of the hike the trail will fork with either path heading to the Pauoa Flats Trail.

If you plan to continue hiking onto the Pauoa Flats Trail, which will then lead to a lookout or to the Nu'uanu Trail, then stay left at the fork. If you're planning to head to the Manoa Cliff Trail, then stay right at the fork. Otherwise, you can pick a path, head to the next trail intersection and simply turn around and hike 1.6 miles back.

If you bring a dog it must be leashed at all times. Note that pets are not recommended here as hunting dogs may be out in this areas.