- Kalawahine Trail contours the edge of Pauoa Valley, winding in and out of gulches along the way. It offers some great views of Pauoa Valley and the northern end of Honolulu. Vegetation is diverse along this trail, including mamake, koa, bananas, ginger and albizia. Moreover, 1.1 miles down the trail, you will come to a junction on the right with Manoa Cliff Trail. If you choose to continue along Manoa Cliff Trail, you can loop back to Round Top Drive. Then, carefully walk the road (to your right) back to your car. If you continue straight past the Manoa Cliff junction, Kalawahine Trail ends at Pauoa Flats Trail, where you can go right or left. If you go left, Pauoa Flats Trail will take you to Aihualama Trail (on your right), Nuuanu Trail (on your left), or a lookout over Nuuanu Valley (continue straight on Pauoa Flats Trail past the Aihualama junction). If you go right on Pauoa Flats Trail from Kalawahine Trail, it will end at a junction with Manoa Cliff Trail. There is a system trail map here.
Terrain: Mountainous. Thick, partially native forest. Directions: From Makiki Heights Drive, go uphill on Tantalus Drive. When you get close to the top, just after going over a narrow bridge, look for the trailhead on the left. It will be adjacent to a private road, going uphill. Park in the parking area on the right just past the trailhead.
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