Note: Puu Maelieli trail 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.
If you’re on the Windward side of Oahu and looking to do a short hike with an amazing view at the end then consider doing Puu Ma’eli’eli in Kahalu’u. Or, if you’ve got kids that enjoy hiking then this is a great option. This short 30-45 minutes shaded hike is relatively easy to do, despite a few steep sections in the beginning and toward the end of the trail. However, once you do reach the end, you’ll be greeted with not one but two World War II bunkers and a grand view of the Windward Coast.
Or, you can read it here:
“According to Hawaiian mythology, Pu’u Ma’eli’eli translates to “Digging Hill.” The companion-Gods, Kane and Kanaloa, once raced to the top of the hill and had to dig into the slope with their hands to climb up. The bunkers found on the summt are the reminants of the Heeia combat training area (Camp Heeia) built during World War II to support nearly 4,500 military personnel. “
A few feet past the wooden sign will be the first bunker. You can climb down, but be careful, its a fairly far drop down. Inside you’ll notice the remnants of an old World War II bunker. Just past the first bunker will be a second bunker and the best part of this hike – the rewarding summit view. If you complete Puu Ma’eli’eli then you’ll be treated to an excellent view of the Windward Coast. To the left will be Kualoa, Kahana Valley, Manamana, Ohulehule, Chinaman’s Hat and on your right will be Kaneohe Bay and the peak of Keahi a Kahoe. Just below you is the Marine Corps Base of Hawaii. The sky was unbelievably clear on this day and we decided to just hang out and enjoy the panoramic views. We ended up spending about an hour at the top. Moments like this remind me of why I love living in Hawaii.
Eventually we did have to leave Puu Ma’eli’eli. We went down the same we came up. However, I imagine that if you staged two cars you could finish the hike on the other side and end at Heeia State Park. We’ll save that hike for another day.