Makiki Valley Loop Trail

by Mariam Beard • Last Updated: March 14, 2021

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In this post, I’ll go over everything you need to know to hike MAKIKI VALLEY LOOP TRAIL: Know Before You Go, What to Expect, Getting There, Facilities, and What to Bring.

  • Island: OAHU
  • Hike: Makiki Valley Loop Trail


This is a fun, easy hike to do that is close to Waikiki. The trail is well-maintained, as shown in the photos above. This is one of my new favorite hikes! It’s perfect for a light workout or to hang out with a friend. You will work up a bit of a sweat as part of the trail has some incline. Overall, I would say this is an EASY hike. Check out the video (above!) to see the terrain for yourself

This hike is actually THREE (3) trails connected:
1) Maunalaha Trail
2) Makiki Valley Trail
3). Kanealole Trail

​Upon entering, we took a RIGHT which was Maunalaha Trail 1st, then Makiki Valley Trail 2nd, and Kanealole Trail 3rd.

The trails are connected, well-maintained & there is signage. I took a photo of the map at the start of the trail just in case though!

How to Get There

What to Pack

  1. Water. I’d bring 32oz/1L! But bring At LEAST 16oz/500ML at the bare minimum. 
  2. Small backpack. Since the terrain can be uneven, keep your hands free with a small backpack. Leave the sidebags, totes, purses, etc. in the car.​
  • Comfortable hiking clothes (workout clothes)
  • Tennis Shoes / Runners are perfectly fine! Hiking shoes with spikes are not​ necessary!


  1. Maunalaha Trail
  2. Makiki Valley Trail
  3. Kanealole Trail

HAWAIITRAILS.HAWAII.GOV/TRAILSFor the most up-to-date parking info & trail closures, check the website direct.
This hike is Makiki Valley Loop Trail.

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