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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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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 clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Isolated showers late in the evening. Scattered showers after midnight...then numerous showers late in the night. Lows 63 to 71. North winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Temperature: 64.9° F
Relative Humidity: 93%
Pressure: 29.97"
Dew Point: 63.0° F

Winds from the NW at 1.0 mph gusting to 2.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:04 AM
Sunset: 5:54 PM
Weather reported from GTA - South Range, Wahiaw%u0101, HI (KHIWAHIA4)
Partly sunny then becoming mostly sunny late in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Breezy. Scattered showers until mid morning...then isolated showers late in the morning. Scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs around 78. North winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the northeast 15 to 25 mph in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Lows 60 to 69. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Partly sunny. Breezy. Scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning...then scattered showers in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the morning. Highs 74 to 79. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 57 to 66. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/22/2014 9:05 PM
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