By completing the Kuaokala Trail, I was able to strike off another Na Ala Hele maintained trail off of my list. Kuaokala terminates at a lookout that overlooks Makua Valley, however, the best views are to be had before reaching this lookout. Our crew had previously reached this same lookout point via the Kealia Trail in Mokuleia. The Kuaokala trailhead is located in Waianae, far from the trailhead of Kealia. Access to the Kealia Trail is open, whereas you will need to get a permit from the Hawaii Division of Forestry if you want to hike the Kuaokala Trail. That said, I believe that Kuaokala is a better hike, with much more varied vistas.
The Kealia Trail is one of the few hikes that you can do on the North Shore of Oahu. Located in Mokuleia, the Kealia Trail is comprised of nineteen gradually climbing switchbacks. Yes, nineteen switchbacks. Nineteen. If you’re looking to increase the firmness of your gluteus maximus [NSFW link] then consider the Kealia Trail.