Olomana, the Ko’olau Range and KaneoheView All Sizes
Rope Ladder near the TopView All Sizes
JOURNAL : February 23, 2008
|Series||Hiking Mount Olomana|
Visible from anywhere in Kailua-Kaneohe are the three peaks of Mount Olomana. Named after a mythical Hawaiian warrior, the highest peak rises 1643 feet and offers panoramic views from Kaaawa to Makapu'u Point against the backdrop of the spectacular pali of the Ko'olau Range, and facing the clear blue water of Kaneohe and Kailua Bays.
The Bridge on Auloa RoadView All Sizes
You wanna hike up Olomana? Ok, from Honolulu take the Pali Highway through the tunnel to Kalanianaole Highway and take a right onto Auloa Road. From the Windward side take Kamehameha Highway or Kailua Road until either one becomes Kalanianaole. Once on Auloa Road take an immediate left and park along the short stretch of road before the bridge. Follow the road and veer right towards the Luana Hills Country Club. Check in at the guard shack on the left, then continue for a quarter mile until you see the trail head sign here amidst the Laua'e ferns.
Climbing up to the first peak is mildly challenging but following the ridge spine often means sheer dropoffs on each side and crumbling rock underfoot much like our hike up Mt. Ka'ala. We did this gnarly hike on Kauai once which involved climbing vertically most of the time amidst constant downpour while grasping slippery roots and muddy rocks. Thankfully, this day on Olomana was dry and sunny, but rain and wind could've made it much more dangerous.
Paku’i & Ahiki PeaksView All Sizes
View of Kailua on the Way UpView All Sizes
Jennifer on the Trail
The first stretch winds through the rainforest before finding the ridge and gaining altitude. A brief pass through an ironwood grove and then the vistas opened up as we clambered up the trail.
Ahiki PeakView All Sizes
Haiku Valley and H3 FreewayView All Sizes
At the summit of the first peak is a rounded, rocky area with a refreshing 360° view of the southeastern chunk of Oahu. As you can see from the panorama of Olomana at the top of this page that the view pretty amazing.
If you're looking for another awesome hike in the area be sure to check out the Haiku Stairs. Northwest of Olomana and due west of Kaneohe, this hike begins in the Haiku Valley, crosses under the H3 freeway and ascends 3,922 steps to a spectacular vista.
On the Second Peak
View of Kailua from the First PeakView All Sizes
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February 23, 2008
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