Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail / Digging Hill Hike

4.5 stars from 2 reviews
Address 269 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
Terrific views of Kaneohe Bay, sandbar, and Chinaman's Hat.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 2-3 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Major Elevation Changes
• Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views

Full Description
Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail, which is also known as Digging Hill Hike and Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Digging Trail, is a mile long (around 2.1 miles roundtrip), out and back style hiking trail in the Kaneohe area of O'ahu.

Sections of the Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail are pretty steep, but manageable if you're in good shape, and the hike is often considered to be of moderate difficulty. With a 521 foot elevation gain, it's mostly an incline all the way up and probably isn't suitable for little ones, especially If there were recent rains as it will be slippery and muddy.

There are two World War II bunkers in the side of the mountain and you can even can get in them if you want. The hike isn't too long so expect around two to three hours round trip for novice hikers.

Parking may be available across the street from the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at the Ko'olau Shopping Center. You'll then find the trailhead by walking south (Waimanalo direction) on Kahekili Highway along the guardrail on the makai (ocean) side of the road.

Keep walking along the guardrail, and you'll see a path between trees where the trailhead begins. You're looking for a small, yellow sign post that indicates the trailhead. Just be very careful of traffic in this area.

Bring water, sunscreen, and good hiking shoes and don't forget to read Hiking Safety & Essentials as well.

Daniel H
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 1
Likes Received: 0
Great blog about this fun hike. Love the pictures and info. Perfect for the novice hiker to know what they are getting into before they do this hike. Too bad the pictures just can't capture the awesome view at the end! It's one you have to see in person (on a nice sunny day)!
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Good hike overall. Interesting to see the bunker at the top along with the amazing bay views.
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