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    Kuliouou Ridge: Oahu’s Best Hike

    Kuliouou Ridge: Oahu’s Best Hike

    While many tourists don't stray far from the beachside boardwalk of Waikiki, there are great adventures waiting to be discovered all over the beautiful island of Oahu. One such adventure is the Kuliouou Ridge Hike.

    We both agree that this was one of our favorite activities during our two-week trip to Hawaii.  Not only did we witness spectacular views and a variety of landscapes, we only had to share the epic view with a handful of people during the entire hike. After spending some time in the busy and crowded downtown area of Honolulu, it was nice to quite literally get a breath of fresh air.

    The Kuliouou Ridge Hike is an intermediate dirt-hiking path that passes through multiple exotic ecosystems like Formosa koa, ironwood, Norfolk pine and more. While the change in scenery makes for a more enjoyable journey, the real treat is the nearly 270-degree view of Hawaii Kai and East Oahu from the peak of the ridge. But don't take our word for it, check it out for yourself!


    In order to get to the trailhead, you’ll need your own transportation such as a car or scooter. Heading east on the Kalanianaole Highway from Honolulu, take a left on Kuliouou Street. Continue to drive towards the back of the valley. Follow the curve to the left, and take a right on Kuli’ou’ou Road. Proceed on this road toward the mountain (this is the ridge you will be climbing) then turn right on Kala’au Place.

    Find a place to park along Kala’au Place, but not inside the cul-de-sac with the "no parking" signs. Once you're on foot, head to the end of the road and past the cable gate on the access road. The trail begins on the right of the access road.

    What to Bring

    • You'll definitely want to bring your camera along for this hike to capture all the stunning views.

    • Bring plenty of water, and drink it often. While the bottom portion of the hike is quite shaded by the forest, the top of the hike becomes exposed to the sun. The Hawaiian heat and humidity also take its toll on those who aren't used to the climate.

    • Wear sturdy shoes that are well broken in. This is not a hike for flip-flops. The trail is rocky and steep so make sure you have a good pair of tennis shoes or hiking boots.

    Have you ever hiked to Kuliouou Ridge?

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