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“Hike in the Rain Forest”
Review of Makiki Trail

Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Hike in the Rain Forest”
Reviewed 23 August 2012

Makiki Valley Loop Trail
(A State Park, maintained by volunteers)

From the parking lot, you walk up a road that takes you to the trail head where there are restrooms (with cleaning shoe area), a shelter and water fountain. Just across a little bridge you may find a free map display case. The best time to hike is around 6 a.m. It is cool and may have just stopped raining (if you are lucky).

The majority of hikers are Koreans, mostly ladies of all ages. Many hike daily and then go to work. They are very friendly and greet you with a smile.

Along the Makiki Valley Loop Trail, there are a variety of trees like: banana, banyan, koa, eucalyptus, mountain apple, avocado, macadamia nut, mango & breadfruit (ulu) and many more. There are coffee and guava bushes, as well as passion fruit (lilikoi), etc.

There was an abundance of yellow and white ginger in bloom. The fragrance was wonderful. This hike really reflects the beauty of Hawaii.

Visited August 2012
4 Thank Ingrid70
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Just do it”
Reviewed 18 June 2012 via mobile

Just go and get lost on the trails... You can hike 2 and a half miles to over 8 to 12 miles! Very well developed trails, diversions, bamboo forests, great views of Diamond Head, Honolulu, and Manoa Valley. Bring plenty of water and trail snacks, like grapes, chicken wings, and corn on the Cobb.... ;) Say hello to everyone on the trail ans live Aloha!

1 Thank DeeBatman67
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Tropical Rainforest just minutes from Waikiki”
Reviewed 25 December 2011

The Makiki Valley Trail is well marked as it winds through an amazingly dense forest full of vegetation, history, and scenic vistas. At the very head of the trail there are many signs showing you the history of the area and explaining the vegetation. Also near the loop’s trail head, you’ll find: restrooms, a water fountain, and benches. Parking is available at the entrance to the recreation area, about a quarter-mile from the trail head.

You'll encounter hugh Norfolk pines, eucalyptus trees, Koa hardwoods, coffee trees, fruit trees, scarlett-tipped ginger, and many shrubs studded with flowers in both subtle pastels and vibrant hues.

On the day we traveled, we did not have any bug spray with us and did not need any. We were consistently pleased with the dense vegetation at every turn. This trail is well worth a visit. Connecting with Kanealole and Maunalaha Trails, there are some choices for a pleasant loop hike.

Bring Plenty of water and wear good hiking shoes.

Visited December 2011
7 Thank MarieandStan
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