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Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Length7 mi
Elev. Gain1700 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating9 / 10
The Lanipo ridge is a demanding hike. However the experience that it affords and the beauty and excitement of the trail make it an excellent choice for enthusiastic hikers. Through most of the trail, you will find strawberry guava trees, which are infamous as the most invasive flora in the island. They were brought to the island from Brazil almost two centuries ago. Irrespective of the adverse effect of this species on the flora as well as the fauna of the region, hikers are sure to enjoy the tress in summer months when they bear bright red, tangy, ripe fruits.

It is better to hike in this trail after a heavy bout of rain, because summer can leave you completely parched and exhausted. The trail begins from Mauumae Ridge and after sometime, the trail descends into a long narrow and exposed stretch of rock. You will also come across a number of small waterfalls and the Kaau Crater along the way.

After crossing the Koolau intersection and the Norfolk Pine clearing along the way, you will finally reach the final run to the summit that consists of long expanses of rough and windy ridges.

Best time to go
August to October


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By Pamela Wright
Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 17.845' N
157° 47.131' W

Driving Directions:
Head towards the Koko Head Avenue from H-1 E. After crossing Waialae Avenue, take a right when you read the second stop sign onto Sierra Drive. Drive through Maunalani Heights to reach the Maunalani circle. The trail is next to a chain link face.
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Weather Report for Honolulu, HI
Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Breezy. Scattered showers. Highs 77 to 85. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 78.4° F
Relative Humidity: 68%
Pressure: 29.89"
Dew Point: 67.2° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph


Sunrise: 5:58 AM
Sunset: 6:57 PM
Weather reported from Makiki - Lower Punchbowl - Tantalus, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL71)
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 66 to 73. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Isolated showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 77 to 85. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening...then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. Haze through the night. Lows 63 to 71. West winds around 10 mph early in the evening becoming light. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunny with isolated showers in the morning...then mostly cloudy with numerous showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 75 to 83. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 5/4/2016 5:25 AM
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