Kuliou’ou Valley

Kuliou'ou Valley Trail follows a stream bed for about a mile.

Kuliou'ou Valley Trail follows a stream bed for about a mile.

The Kuliou’ou Valley trail is a great 1.5 mile walk along a stream bed (which was dry when we hiked it in November). The hike is an out-and-back trail which also intersects Kuliou’ou Ridge (a 5-mile roundtrip hike with 1800′ elevation gain to the Ko’olau ridge offering fantastic views and a good challenge for grown-up hikers). Be prepared for mosquitoes near the fallen guava when it’s in season (May and September). The forest was enchanting with sunlight sparkling through the wide variety of trees. At times we felt like we’d slipped into WA or somewhere in the Northeast.

Good shade, snack spot options, low treachery (the usual slippery roots and rocks), and low exertion.

Trailhead: Kuliou’ou Road to Kala’au Pl, park at end of cul-de-sac. https://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/trail.php?TrailID=OA+15+015

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