Nu’uanu Pali Puka Trail: A Short, Intense, and Exhilarating Hike

Note: This is a closed trail and is not open to the public. As our disclaimer partially reads: “I’m not your daddy, these are dangerous as sh*t hikes, even the simple ones, if you got [insert applicable disorder, disease, or physical impairment] don’t even think about it yo.” Also, consider these tips on Hiking Safely In Hawaii. Mahalo.

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  1. Thanks Chasity! Yes, it was an awesome adventure. The best part is that it doesn’t take very long before things get fun! Plus, the views are pretty grand! You planning to do this hike?

  2. This hike looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it out this weekend. I’m hoping it wont be raining. Your pictures are breathtaking! Thanks for all the useful info (:

    • Thanks ieva! Yes, it’s an awesome hike … and the best part is that it is a short one! The views are amazing too. Have fun this weekend and be safe!

  3. Ah yes, did this one early last month (Dec). The scariest one I’ve been on so far with strong winds/gusts, steep slopes, etc, but I’m just glad it didn’t rain while we were on the hike, but trail was still very wet in some areas from rainfall the night before. Very exhilirating experience and views were stunning esp of Nuuanu Valley & Kaneohe. I definitely want to do this again. There is another puka-hike near Makapuu/Sea Life Park that I seen on your website. Is that easier than this one?

    • Awesome, glad you got to check out the Pali Puka, Grace! The best thing about this hike is that it’s very short and the reward is very high – great views.

      The Makapuu Puka might actually be tad easier. The climb is not as steep but it’ll take a bit longer to get to the puka. I would estimate maybe 45 minutes – 1 hour or so?

  4. This was an awesome hike. Thanks for sharing your experience!!! My girlfriend & I just did this hike. If you need more of a challenge you should continue onto the trail on the left past the puka. There is A LOT more climbing!!! The hike does not end at the puka. Keep on going and you will be climbing the other side mountain to get to the other side of the rock. It has lots of ropes to help to reach the top! If you are afraid of heights beware! I suggest you wear gloves too. Try it!!! That was more intense! Thanks again for sharing.

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