Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike
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The Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike takes you along the top of a ridge, with sweeping ocean and valley views on either side! Because you are already at the top of the ridge when you begin this hike, it is less strenuous than other hikes.
Unfortunately, only Hawaii residents and military personnel are admitted, so you need at least one person with Hawaii or military ID with you.
Thick forests and grasses await you and some birds that sing sweetly. You can hike for 2.5 miles along the red-dirt ridge (the last mile is very strenuous). Ironwood trees, Cook Island pines, and occasional ridgetop mist add to the intense mood of this hike. The sound of the wind in the trees is just incredible- come here just for that pleasure. There are also ripe yellow cherry guavas in the trees in late summer. On a hot day, come here for the strong cool breeze that is sure to cool you down!
After your hike, satisfy your hunger at one of the Hawaii Kai Places to Eat.
Last time I was here there was a strange man with no clothes hiking who kept waiting around the corner for us- so don't come alone, and bring your dog as well.
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From Kalanianaole Hwy, turn onto Puuikena Drive. Tell the guard that you are hiking the trail. He will check your Hawaii driver's license, Hawaii state ID, or military ID before letting you in. Proceed to the very end of the road and park at the trailhead, to the left of the watertank.
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