Pu'u Pia Trail

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Address Alani Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822
Mile long trail with some elevation gains and amazing city and ocean views at the end.

• General: Camping • General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Minor Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views

The Pu'u Pia Trail is a 1 mile long (each 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 found near the end of Alani Drive as shown on our map / directions page. 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 Kolowalu Trail. Once you beging your hike, around 0.15 miles in, the trail will fork. Stay to the left for the Pu'u Pia Trail or head to the right for the more difficult Kolowalu Trail.

Starting at around 375 feet above sea level, the trail climbs to around 850 feet above sea level at its highest point which makes for a 475 foot overall elevation gain.

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. The trail is full of exposed tree roots so that combined with rainy conditions often make this a slippery trail.

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.

After hiking up a mile you'll have some pretty amazing views of Honolulu and the ocean beyond. Then it's another mile to hike your way back down.

The trial is named after "pia" or "arrowroot" which is an herb introduced by early Polynesians. The pia plant produces tall flower stalks and an underground tuber much like a potato. The early Hawaiians actually used powder starch from the pia's tuber to thicken a coconut pudding known as haupia. While Pu'a Pia, or Arrowroot Hill, was once home to the pia plant you won't find any here today.