Join us as we show you a view from atop Mariners Ridge via an easy hiking trail located just above Hawaii Kai right here on Oahu.
The entrance, which is located in a local housing area, is easily found after heading just past the Hawaii Kai Post Office where you’ll see the street sign for Kaluanui Road & Hawaii Kai Drive. Turn up the hill and continue to the end of the street, but be aware that there is no trailhead markers to alert you. Also official parking does not exist, but street parking is available at limited locations. Remember that you will be entering from a residential area, so be courteous and quiet and show some aloha since you are a guest in the area.
The trail is a nice easily navigable ridge trail that takes you to the crest of the Koolau summit with a nice, dry pine forest about halfway into the trail and great windward views from the top. This is the fastest and easiest way to the Koolau crest and a great choice for a family day-hike. It is advised that you bring water and an emergency cell phone in case something goes wrong or you happen to loose your way. Also try not to start too late in the evening where nightfall may set in on your return trip and if it looks like rain is on the way, try to get down as soon as possible or cancel your trip altogether to avoid any flash flood issues that may arise.