Pali Puka Hike

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Address Nuuanu Pali Dr, Kaneohe, HI 96744
Short ridge hike that can be a bit difficult. Read on before you attempt.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles • Hiking: Level: Difficult
• Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Hiking: Ridge Hike • Sightseeing: Great Views

The Pali Puka Hike is located on the west side of the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout and not to be confused with the much more difficult Pali Notches Hike. Keep in mind that even this trail is not something for beginners and there are plenty of areas where you can fall and get hurt or even die. Unless you're a very experienced hiker, you should sit this one out.

If the winds are blowing, as they often are here, then you may want to skip this one. Any winds you're feeling at the parking lot level will only get worse as you climb up. Same deal when it comes to rain. You don't want to be on this hike if it is raining, just rained, or about to rain. If you have a fear of heights then empty your bladder before heading up or your fear may empty it for you.

Those that know this route can hike up in 20 minutes, but for everyone else you should plan on an hour up and another hour back down. When you first head in you'll walk through a bamboo forest and then up the ridge line and once up there you'll have some amazing views (if it's clear out). Hard to believe that many years go (1795) an incredibly bloody Battle of Nu'uanu took place here.

At around 0.75 miles (each way), the trail isn't very long and when you come to a point where you can't go any further, you'll see a path that leads down to the pali puka which is a large hole (window) in the rock that gives you a great, and perfectly picture-framed, view.

Don't forget to take your pictures here. When the wind is blowing it can really blow hard through the puka so be careful.

When you're done soaking in the views then you'll head back down the same way you came up, slowly. As with all hikes, we highly recommend you read Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out.