Kolowalu Trail

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Phone (808) 973-9782
Address Alani Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822
Difficult, out and back hiking trail about a mile long.

• General: Camping • General: Cost: Free • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles • Hiking: Level: Difficult
• Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail

The Kolowalu Trail is a 1 mile long (one way) out and back style hiking trail in Honolulu, on the island of O'ahu, and just a bit northwest of the Waikiki area (see Waikiki Guide).

The trail can be accessed at the end of Alani Drive as shown on our map / directions page or from the Wa'ahila Ridge Trail where its end point intersects. Assuming you start at the main trailhead, be sure to stop on Alani Drive before it turns into a single lane road resembling a driveway. You'll need to find legal parking on the road before that point and walk down the road.

The trailhead here is shared with the Pu'u Pia Trail. Once you beging your hike, around 0.15 miles in, the trail will fork. Stay to the right for the Kolowalu Trail (and keep right, so the picnic table / shelter ends up on your left) or head to the left for the Pu'u Pia Trail.

The hike itself is through thick forests in the Manoa Valley which provide some decent cover from the sun, though wearing sun screen to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer is still a must. On that note, be sure to also read Hiking Safety & Essentials before taking on any hike.

Although the trail is only about a mile long (2 miles round trip) it is considered a difficult hike with elevation gains of around 1,100 feet.

Camping is allowed here at the shelter which you'll find around 0.15 miles from the trailhead where the trail forks to the Pu'u Pia Trail. Note that camping requires a permit.

This trail has some interesting history associated with it as well. Early Hawaiians used it this trail to access the Wa'ahila Ridge from the Manoa Valley. In 1911, the trail was improved for those climbing Mt. Olympus. By the 1920s, the route was known as the Woodlawn Trail and had a ti leaf sledding course for over 40 years.