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Kaniakapupu Ruins: A Hidden Hike

Author 08-01-2016


Oahu boasts a plethora of beautiful hikes and vistas, from Diamond Head to Koko Head, and from the pillboxes to the Koolau Mountains. What many tourists don’t know is that Oahu is full of hidden, lesser-known hikes. One such hike takes you to one of the most historically significant sites on the island: the summer palace of King Kamehameha III, also known as the Kaniakapupu Ruins. The summer palace last hosted a luau of over 10,000 people in the 1800s.


The catch is, you’ll have to be able to find the start of the hike in order to find the ruins, and this is no easy feat. If you head down Old Pali Road, the trailhead comes up on your right after a few miles, across the street and up a short distance from the Board of Water Supply grounds. However, you will have to park your car about a half of a mile back on the road, as there is no parking near the trailhead.


From the street, you will see a small opening in the bamboo, and a trail ahead of you. As you round the first bend to the left, you are suddenly immersed in a thick and almost eerily quiet bamboo forest. In less than a quarter mile, the trail branches off to the left and right. The trail to the right will take you through more jungle area and along a stream to a waterfall. The trail up and to the left will quickly take you to the Kaniakapupu Ruins. You will know you have arrived when you see a garden area, usually decorated with leis, and the stone ruins.


The hike is less than a mile long and relatively flat. General etiquette at this site dictates that visitors remain quiet and respectful of the land and the ruins. Many Hawaiians consider the ground sacred, and it is certainly a privilege to be able to still enjoy these ruins after so many decades. Between the beautiful scenery and the historical ruins, this short trek isn’t short on beauty and excitement. Happy Hiking!


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Susie Bowman