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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
Mostly cloudy. Isolated light showers in the evening...then scattered showers after midnight. Haze through the night. Lows 60 to 70. West winds around 10 mph shifting to the north early in the morning. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Temperature: 72.4° F
Relative Humidity: 46%
Pressure: 29.82"
Dew Point: 50.4° F

Winds from the West at 3.0 mph gusting to 12.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:09 AM
Sunset: 6:20 PM
Weather reported from Kapolei, Kapolei, HI (KHIKAPOL8)
Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs around 79. North winds around 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 56 to 68. North winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Isolated showers. Highs around 80. North winds around 10 mph until mid morning becoming light. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Lows 58 to 68. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 1/30/2015 2:23 AM
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