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Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail

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  • Just like a lot of hikes on O'ahu, the trailhead is pretty random. This is across and toward Kaneohe a bit from the entrance to Valley of the Temples.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • The early part of the trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Looking back at the Ko'olau Mountains. - Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • One of the early viewpoints looking southeast toward the town of Kaneohe.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Views from the Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • The Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • The Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • The dense forest surrounding the Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • There are always such beautiful and large trees in Hawai'i.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • The sign at the top of the Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • The view from the top toward Kaneohe Bay.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Huge panoramic view of K-Bay.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Views from the top of the Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Chinaman's Hat and Kualoa Beach, looking north.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Kaneohe Sandbar.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Views from the top of the Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Not too many people hit up this trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Views from the top of the Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Lots of flowers along the trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • Small purple flowers that are common in the islands.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • The Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail.- Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
  • - Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Stunning views of Kaneohe Bay and the Ko'olau Mountains.
Cons: 
Often wet, muddy and rainy.
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.30 mi (3.70 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
160.00 ft (48.77 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Pu'u Ma'eli'eli is a fun and easy trail in northeastern O'ahu located right across the highway from Valley of the Temples. The views from the top are pretty spectacular and stretch from Kaneohe Bay and Chinaman's Hat all the way to Kailua. There are wonderful glimpses of the Ko'olau Mountains, especially on your way back down. The hike takes you up to several old pill boxes that date back to World War II. Wildflowers dot the lush jungle trail as well as many species of exotic plants and trees. It's a nice mix of views and flora, and it is not too far from town. There are fantastic views of the Kaneohe Sandbar, Coconut Island, He'eia Fish Pond and the Marine Corps base.

Kaneohe usually is semi-cloudy and usually has rain at some point in the day so the trail is often muddy and slippery. Wear a pair of shoes you don't care about, because the red dirt of Hawaii does a number on your gear. The trail has lots of foliage, so it can be muggy but is generally not too hot. Because it isn't particularly dangerous or steep, this trail is a good choice for the whole family.

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