Maunawili Trail (not to be confused with Manuawili Falls Trail) is pretty fabulous for a family hike. The trail is well maintained, lacks steep drop-offs and has almost no elevation gain. Throw in some great views of Olomona and the windward side as you hike along the base of the Koolau and you’ve got yourself an all around awesome hike. For the longest time I have wanted to hike the full 10 miles from the start off the Pali Highway all the way to Waimanalo. The kids usually won’t tolerate more than a mile or two along the trail before we have to turn around due to excess whining. Let’s just hike a bit further (whine, fuss), just one more view point (more whining) … Still, the trail draws me in. I’ll work on turning those kids into hardcore hikers. In the meantime, I get to play photographer and that keeps me happy.
Here’s more information about the hike from Na Ala Hele. What are your favorite hikes on the island?