Scaling the Heights: Exploring Oahu's Kuliouou Hike

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - View of Hawaii Kai


If you're looking for a fun and adventurous hike in Oahu, the Kuliouou Hike is definitely one to add to your list. This hike is popular among locals and tourists alike, and for good reason - it offers breathtaking views of the island, lush tropical vegetation, and a challenging but rewarding climb.

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - Trail Sign

The hike itself is about 4 miles round trip and takes about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on your pace. The trail starts off relatively easy, with a gentle incline and well-maintained path. However, as you get closer to the summit, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging, with some sections requiring you to scramble up rocks and boulders.

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - Cleared Dirt Path

But the effort is well worth it, as the views from the summit are absolutely stunning. From the top, you'll be able to see sweeping views of the east side of Oahu, including Koko Head, Diamond Head, and the coastline stretching all the way to Waimanalo. On a clear day, you may even be able to see all the way to the neighboring island of Molokai.

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - View of Hawaii Kai & Beyond

Throughout the hike, you'll also be surrounded by lush vegetation, including bamboo forests, native Hawaiian plants, and exotic flowers. The trail can get quite muddy and slippery in some areas, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - Local Ferns

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - Trees along the path

Overall, the Kuliouou Hike is a great choice for anyone looking for a challenging and rewarding adventure in Oahu. Whether you're an experienced hiker or just looking to explore the island's natural beauty, this hike is sure to impress.

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - Steps to climb

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - View of Hawaii Kai

Lavahut - Kuliouou Hike - View of Waimanalo



  • Sturdy walking shoes & walking sticks (if you them)
  • Stay hydrated - bring ample water
  • Pack a snack (picnic table midway)
  • Sunscreen, lots of 'em
  • Very steep & muddy when wet
  • About 4.7 miles round trip
  • 3 to 5 hours to complete
  • Be respectful of nearby residential homes at trail head
  • Don't leave valuables in your car
  • Bring some hand wipes because it'll get dirty
  • No restrooms
  • Admission: Free

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