Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Cultural and Environmental Education in Hawaii
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MGF offers hikes in conjunction with classroom presentations on Native Hawaiian Plants and Animals and Humans and the Environment. An optional classroom presentation on Moanalua Traditions is offered prior to the Kamananui Valley Hike.


Aiea Loop Trail Hike

This moderate hike takes place on the northern third of Aiea Loop Trail. It starts at Aiea State Park with interpretation of Keaiwa Heiau, a healing temple. Hike on a road, then a trail, passing through tall introduced trees and frequent patches of native forest species (such as koa) and considerable introduced pest species. Enjoy views across valleys to the Koolau summit and down into the head of north Halawa Valley.

  • Rating: Moderate.
  • Approximately 4 miles round trip.
  • Grade 5 and above; requires maturity.
  • Maximum participation of 60 students.
  • Additional adult chaperones required.
  • Restrooms and water at trail head.
  • Aiea State Park permit arranged by MGF.
  • Access: Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area

Hauula Loop Hike

This moderate, well maintained loop trail repeats only the lower portion, on ridges above Hauula between the ahupuaa of Maakua and Kaipapau. The lower portion consists of mostly introduced species with considerable invasion of noxious species; the upper portion has good native specimens. Enjoy a spectacular view into the head of Kaipapau Valley and up to the Koolau Summit. Forest zonation and Koolau flank flow bedding are very apparent.

  • Rating: Moderate.
  • Approximately 2½ miles round trip.
  • Grade 4 and above; requires maturity.
  • Maximum participation of 60 students.
  • Additional adult chaperones required.
  • No restrooms or water.
  • Access: Hauula Homestead Road

Kamananui Valley Hike
(to Kahaukomo)

This easy walk up a jeep road in Moanalua makes seven stream crossings over historic bridges, visits sites of remnant valley residences and Pohakukaluahine, a massive petroglyph rock. The view from Kahaukomo Ridge to the Koolau summit contains sites famed in Moanalua traditions. The walk offers examples of some native plants, Polynesian-introduced plants and many troublesome post-contact introductions. The history of human impact in typical Hawaiian valleys is related. Certain geologic features are visible.

  • Rating: Approximately 2 miles round trip.
  • Grades 3 and above.
  • Maximum participation of 60 students.
  • Additional adult chaperones required.
  • Restrooms and water at trail head.
  • Access: Ala Aolani Street (mauka end).
  • Arrangements for access to valley made by MGF.

A self-guiding interpretive booklet for this trail is available for $5 from MGF.

Kamananui Valley Hike
(to Puupueo)

This moderate walk in Moanalua offers all the features of the previously listed hike plus four additional stream crossings without bridges, one long uphill grade and a ridge with a panoramic view up and down the valley.

  • Rating: Moderate.
  • Approximately 4 miles round trip.
  • Grade 6 and above.
  • Maximum participation of 60 students.
  • Additional adult chaperones required.
  • Restrooms and water at trail head.
  • Access: Ala Aolani Street (ma uka end).
  • Arrangements for access to valley made by MGF.

Manana Ridge Hike

This moderate hike on a broad, well maintained trail above Pacific Palisades in Pearl City runs along the ridge dividing the ahupuaa of Manana and Waimano. There are good views of the Ewa Plain, Central Oahu and the east slope of the Waianae Range as well as panoramic views across valley heads to the Koolau Summit. Some mesic native species survive, but the trail is largely planted in introduced Australian species. A dramatic feature of this trail is the extent of a 1971 fire and the succession of the forest's recovery. This hike illustrates many forms of impact on Hawaiian forest areas.

Option 1

  • Rating: Moderate.
  • Approximately 4 miles round trip.
  • Grades 4 and above; requires maturity.
  • Maximum participation of 60 students.
  • No restrooms or water.

    Option 2
  • Rating: Moderate.
  • Approximately 4½ miles round trip (to helipad past a short, narrow stretch in an eroded area).
  • Grade 6 and above; requires maturity.
  • Maximum participation of 60 students.
  • Additional adult chaperones required.
  • No restrooms or water.
  • Access: Komo Mai Drive.

Maunawili Hike

This moderate hike on a well maintained portion of the new Na Ala Hele (State Trail and Access program) demonstration trail is around the head of Maunawili at the foot of the Koolau pali. Enjoy many native species, geologic features and spectacular views as you maintain a constant elevation of approximately 900 feet.

  • Rating: Moderate.
  • Approximately 4-6 miles round trip.
  • Grade 4 and above.
  • Maximum participation of 60 students.
  • Additional adult chaperones required.
  • No restrooms or water.
  • Access: From overlook at hairpin turn on windward side of Pali Highway or from Pali Lookout via the old Pali Road.
Waahila Ridge Hike

This strenuous hike is on a well maintained trail along the ridge dividing the ahupuaa of Manoa and Palolo. Enjoy great views of Palolo, the Koolau summit, Manoa, the Ewa Plain and the Waianae Range. View the following geologic features: flat-floored (ocean intruded) valleys, amphitheater-headed valleys and Honolulu series secondary activity. Experience aggressive introduced species in lower sections and native vegetation grades from mesic to rainforest species in upper sections. This is the only trail on Oahu where students can, during school hours, hike from an environment of totally introduced species (at Waahila State Park) to one of totally native species (above Woodlawn).

  • Rating: Strenuous.
  • Approximately 5 miles round trip.
  • Grade 5 and above; requires maturity.
  • Maximum participation of 30 students.
  • Additional adult chaperones required.
  • Restrooms and water at trail head.
  • Access: Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area, St. Louis Heights.

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