|Items needed for your hike:
*Binoculars are nice to have but not necessary.
*Hiking sticks are usually located at the start of each trail- Just look around and there will be a pile somewhere.
Okolehau Trail is referred to as “The Puffer”. It gains 1250 feet in 2.5 miles. The
first 2/3 of a mile the Okolehau Trail is really the remains of an old dirt road. You
climb, climb, climb. The footing is generally good unless a good rain came
through recently. There are 2 major plateau’s on the trail. The first nice overlook
is at 2/3 miles next to the tall powerline pole. At the one mile mark look for this
unusual tree that I call “Woody”. Keep climbing another 5 minutes and you reach
the first plateau which is flat and has "ti" plants on it. You have sweeping views of
Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Pier (South Pacific), the Kilauea Lighthouse, Princeville, the
taro fields you left behind, and Bali Hai. The next .25 of a mile is pretty flat then at
the 1.5 mile mark it turns steep again and is far more muddy but the reward is
At the “END” of the Okolehau Trail is another plateau and you see everything
you did before plus the Hanalei River coming out of the mountain valley and a
close up view of all the mountains including Wai’ale’ale. In total you see 1/5 of the
You will find the Okolehau Trail off the main road from Princeville. Go toward Kee
Beach on 560 leaving Princeville. Once you get to the bottom of the hill and cross
the first one lane bridge take an immediate left by the taro fields. You will go
down the road about ½ a mile to a parking lot across from the start of the trail.
There are usually plenty of hiking sticks leaning against the bridge.
Don’t forget to stop at the Hanalei Overlook on the way back up the hill
to see where you climbed.
Hanalei Okolehau Trail