EIGHT08 HIKES: Aiea Loop Trail

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The Aiea Loop Trail is scenic 4.8 mile trail that begins and ends within the Keaīwa Heiau State Recreational Park

The Aiea Loop trail runs along the ridge on the west side of Halawa Valley and offers views of the southern coastline of O‘ahu from Pearl Harbor and the Wai‘anae Range to the Ko’olau Range, Honolulu and Diamond Head

The Aiea Loop trail was replanted by foresters in the late 1920s with lemon eucalyptus trees giving the air a light citrus fragrance throughout the entire trail. Norfolk Island pine trees, native koa trees, strawberry guava trees, and ohi‘a trees can be found througout the entire trail as well. The Aiea Loop Trail is wide and well maintained but it’s not uncommon to find fallen trees in your path that you may have to walk besides, climb under, or climb over as pictured above

The Aiea Loop Trail is ranked as an intermediate hike so it’s best you’re prepared with proper foot wear as the ground can become damp, slippery, and muddy due to rainfall. The Aiea Loop Trail usually takes an average hiker around three hours to complete, with some time to take in the beautiful surroundings

First Break: Enjoying the view of the Ko’olau Range in the background

Pictured above is the Wai‘anae Range in the background

Second Break: Enjoying a scenic view overlooking the H3 Freeway

Third Break ? Piggy ? Break ? Photo ? Ops ?

Fourth Break: Enjoying a scenic view of Pearl Harbor in the background, and just a couple of minutes away from where our adventure began

The Aiea Loop Trail is found within the Keaīwa Heiau State Recreational Park on 99-1849 Aiea Heights Drive in Aiea, Hawaii. The Keaīwa Heiau State Recreational Park’s hours of operation are 7 days a week from 7 a.m. till 6:45 p.m. ?


Peter Rosario


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