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Olomana, the Ko’olau Range and Kaneohe

Olomana, the Ko’olau Range and KaneoheView All Sizes

A rope ladder on the way up to the first peak

Rope Ladder near the TopView All Sizes

JOURNAL : February 23, 2008

Hiking Mount Olomana

Oahu > Hawaii > United States

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 Road

The Bridge on Auloa RoadView All Sizes

Trailhead Marker

Trailhead Marker

Getting to Olomana

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.

Olomana Hike Conditions

Mount Olomana

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 Peaks of Olomana, with Waimanalo in the background

Paku’i & Ahiki PeaksView All Sizes

View of Kailua from Olomana

View of Kailua on the Way UpView All Sizes

Jennifer on the Trail

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.

The Spire of Ahiki Peak

Ahiki PeakView All Sizes

Haiku Valley and H3 Freeway, as seen from the Haiku Stairs.

Haiku Valley and H3 FreewayView All Sizes

On Top!

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.

The Haiku Stairs

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

On the Second Peak

Kailua from Olomana’s First Peak

View of Kailua from the First PeakView All Sizes

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Orange Daisies

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