Hawaii November 15, 2018
A Hike Through This Lush Hawaiian Valley Is Perfect For The Adventurous Soul
The Hawaiian Islands are not only home to magnificent beaches, but world-class hiking as well. And with near-perfect summer weather year-round, there’s nowhere better to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails than our beautiful islands. And while love coastal trails, waterfall hikes, and those with panoramic views as much as the next person, sometimes we crave a unique, off the beaten path adventure — and this trail through a lush, verdant valley certainly delivers.
Discover an enchanting landscape just waiting to be explored as you step back in time along the Kamananui Valley Trail — also known as the Moanalua Valley Trail.
The verdant, emerald green setting screams adventure, and the real attraction of the Kamananui Valley Trail is that there is no main destination. Instead, this one-of-a-kind trail offers a little bit of everything.
With thick vines hanging from branches above and draping down to the forest bed so plentifully, you’ll feel as though you’re on the set of an Indiana Jones film.
Once an old carriage road, this wide cobblestone path leads hikers along the Kamananui Stream.
Along your journey, you will cross over seven storybook stone bridges like this one.
Depending on how far you hike, you might encounter this jaw-dropping view of H3 and Oahu’s windward coast.
We could spend hours staring at the ridges of this lush valley, and this is one hike you'll want to make sure to bring your camera on.
You’ll even stumble upon the ruins of the luxurious Damon mountain estate, one of Hawaii’s wealthiest trusts. The popular film,
The Descendants was loosely based on the Damon family and their excessive estate.
Because you can turn around at any point along this out and back trail, the total mileage ranges from six to eight miles.
Though the trail is well-maintained as part of the Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program, the meandering path can be confusing. When in doubt, follow the stream (or just head back the way you came).
There’s no doubt about it: you’ll love every single step you take along this leisurely trail. So, what are you waiting for?
A few warnings, though: don't attempt this trail if it is raining or has recently stopped raining as the trail can get quite muddy and dangerous. We also recommend giving yourself plenty of time so you're not hiking in the dark. Oh, and bring plenty of water and snacks!
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click here. Have you ever hiked this incredible trail? What about these 14 low-key hikes with amazing payoffs? Share your favorite Hawaii hike with us in the comments below, and don’t forget to tag us in all of your trail photos at @only_in_hawaii.