Waikamoi Nature Trail

Hiking in Koʻolau Forest Reserve & Around

Tree-huggers, lace up your walking shoes. The majestic sights and spicy scents along this 1-mile loop through a lush forest will nourish your soul. At the start you’re welcomed by a sign that reads ‘Quiet. Trees at work’ and a stand of grand reddish Eucalyptus robusta, one of several types of towering eucalyptus trees that grow along the path.

Once you reach the ridge at the top of the loop, you’ll be treated to fine views of the winding Hana Hwy. A few steps along the spur to the picnic area, you’ll enjoy great views of a huge green pincushion: a bamboo forest, facing you across the ravine. The spur continues to a clearing with a covered picnic area at the top of the ridge, but there's not much to see from the summit due to the thick foliage.

Look for the signposted trailhead 0.5 miles past the 9-mile marker, where there’s a dirt pull-off wide enough for several cars. This trail can get very muddy after a rainstorm.