Maunawili Trail

activities / Hiking & trekking

Maunawili Trail information

Lonely Planet review

Winding down the coast, this scenic 10-mile one-way hiking and mountain-biking trail winds along the back side of Maunawili Valley, following the base of the lofty Koʻolau Range. It clambers up and down gulches, across streams, and along ridges, awarding panoramic views of mountains and the sea. Hiking the Maunawili Trail in an easterly direction is least strenuous, as you will be trekking from the mountains down to the coast at Waimanalo. Follow the entire route and you need to leave a second car in a remote, not so secure area. Instead, we recommend following the trail as long as you like and then backtracking to the trailhead. About 2 trail miles east of the Pali Hwy, a connector veers off downhill to the small, pooling Maunawili Falls.

Note that the Maunawili trailhead is on the southern side of the Pali Hwy and can only be accessed from the eastbound lane(coming from Kailua, you will have to pass it and turn around). About a mile northeast of the Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside, pull off right at the ‘scenic point’ turnout at the hairpin turn just before the 7-mile marker. Walk through the break in the guardrail where a footbridge takes you over a drainage ditch to the trail. The trail can also be picked up from the Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside by walking down a mile-long stretch of the Old Pali Hwy, but then your climb back out is harder.