Maunawili Ditch Trail: The State’s Only Designated Horse Trail

The Maunawili Ditch Trail is a short loop trail located in the back of Waimanalo at the end of Waikupanaha Street. I’ll cut to the chase with this trail. It’s boring. This sanctioned maintained trail doesn’t offer much of a challenge, nor does it offer any type of reward at the end. There is no spectacular lookout point or tall waterfall. It’s a foothill hike and not much more. This might be the only trail that you’ll step on in which you’ll be outnumbered by mountain bikers and even horses. Yes, horses. The Maunawili Ditch Trail is the only Na Ala Hele state maintained trail that allows for horseback riding. And yes, we did encounter a horseback rider.

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Maunawili Falls: A Classic Waterfall Hike Tucked Behind Mount Olomana

It’s been years since I last did Maunawili Falls Trail. To be exact, it’s been 6 long years. This was one of those of hikes that I never forgot because I did it on a random summer day with a close group of college friends. One of them was even convinced to skip out on lab after being promised that he would be back in time for an important lab meeting. He was assured that the hike would last only 30 minutes. Of course, it didn’t last 30 minutes. And of course, he missed out on his lab meeting. Since then, two of us have completed PhD’s (myself and the friend that assured the other friend that the hike would last just 30 minutes), one of us is on the brink of completing a PhD (the one that got suckered into thinking it was a 30 minute hike), and one will soon be a licensed pharmacist. A lot happened over the last 6 years.

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Mount Olomana Part II: Unfinished Business To Ahiki

Update (April, 2018): This trail has a deadly record. As per this Hawaii News Now article:

“In 2015, a Florida visitor died after falling 200 feet while hiking between the first and second peaks. Honolulu firefighter Mitch Kai died in 2014 after tumbling 50 feet between the second and third peaks. And in 2011, Ryan Suenaga lost his life after a 150-foot fall between the second and third peaks.”

Know your limits before you choose to do this hike.

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Mount Olomana Part 1: The First Go Around to Ahiki

Update (April, 2018): This trail has a deadly record. As per this Hawaii News Now article:

“In 2015, a Florida visitor died after falling 200 feet while hiking between the first and second peaks. Honolulu firefighter Mitch Kai died in 2014 after tumbling 50 feet between the second and third peaks. And in 2011, Ryan Suenaga lost his life after a 150-foot fall between the second and third peaks.”

Know your limits before you choose to do this hike.

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