Pauoa Flats via the Kalawahine Trail

The crew for the day consisted of my friend Amanda, Rex (the dog), my neighbor’s daughter and myself. It was great weather since the last time I hiked this trail I got soaked and so did Rex. Poor little guy was shivering. There are several geocaches on this trail as well. We found one but I get tired of looking for them. I want to do the hike or the view and the peace of being away from everything not for treasure hunting. But, it’s a good way to keep kids interested.

Total Distance: About 4 miles

Difficulty: Easy

I finally got back out on the trail last weekend on 11/12 since hubby was off for veterans day.  The trailhead can be found up in the Rountop/Tantalus area of the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve.  The Kalawahine trail is an easy walk but it can be muddy if it has rained and it rains more often up in that area than it does in town.  It starts out winding down into the forest and then climbs up to a junction in the trail.  It’s an easy grade and the footing is easy enough for kids of 3 or 4. 

The first trail junction you come to will me Manoa middle trail, continue on the Kalawahine trail to the next junction.  At this junction the sign points both left and right for the Pauoa flats trail.  Take a left and continue following the signs for the Pauoa flats trail.  The trail goes from a rain forest trail into a bamboo forest and up a gentle grade.  With surprisingly little effort you will reach this beautiful overlook.

This hike can be done in a  couple of hours.  I understand that beyond the overlook is a trail leading to the summit of K1 and K2, the two highest peaks in the Ko’olau mountain range.  I didn’t care to continue with the crew I had for various reasons.  It was a good day back on the trail with good company.  Amanda will be leaving the island soon and she wants to do Koko head before she goes.  Eek!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. oahuhiking
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 05:38:30

    I love this trail! Did U gals see the blooming Kahili gingers? They don’t smell like ginger flowers. They smell like honeysuckle. Its so nice! 🙂


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