Hike to the Kaniakapupu Ruins

Lulumahu Trail, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.75 Miles

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest

Visit a piece of Hawaiian history with these beautiful ruins of Kaniakapupu which were built in 1845 to house entertainment to foreign celebrities and feasts with chiefs and commoners alike.

From Waikiki, get on the Pali Highway (Hwy 61). Take Nuuanu Pali Dr on the right. Park in the dirt lot by the highway for the Lulumahu Trail. Walk back down Nuuanu Pali Dr but don't be fooled by all the trails going into the jungle. The opening is before the first driveway on your left. There is a very obvious opening into the bamboo. The trail is usually muddy and bring bug spray. About a minute or two on the trail, look for a path to the left that takes you over the water pipe. It's fairly wide. Walk up an easy incline for a few minutes and you'll hit the ruins.

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  • Shoes you don't mind getting muddy
  • Bug spray
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This hike is short, easy, and close to town so it is ideal for visitors looking for a short excursion. Meandering through a cool bamboo grove it offers a tropical island experience and provides a little history of Hawai'i as well! I recommend this hike to everyone!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I'd like the DLNR to focus more on education of places like the ruins rather than trying to hide them from the public and close them off. It's like securing your house with a screen door...that won't stop bad people from doing bad things. More on the ruins here if you're interested: https://lookintohawaii.com/hawaii/47797/kaniakapupu-ruins-activities-oahu-honolulu-hi

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

There is a spectacular bayan tree if you venture farther back into the woods! I wanted to live in that tree forever!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

If you hike a bit further South Southwest you come across an awesome waterfall. Careful, the base is on private property.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Fun, quick little walk to see the ruins.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Tara Warolin

I am a Washington native. I have lived in Washington, California, Iowa, New York and New Zealand. As you can tell I love the outdoors, but I also love movie bloopers, minimalist living, any sort of crafting and cats. I'm an introvert to the core so I like to hike alone.

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