Olomana Three Peaks Trail

Steep hills of Olomana. Image courtesy TripAdvisor.com

Located on O`ahu’s Windward coast in the towns of Kailua and Waimanalo is one of the most dangerous hikes on the island. Olomana Three Peaks Trail is a rugged hike covering three steep and narrow mountain peaks.

The three peaks each have individual names but hikers clump them together and call the location Olomana. The first peak is named Olomana and is a 1.5 mile hike steep drop offs on either side.

The first peak is named after a Hawaiian chief on the Windward side named Olomana. During a battle, this giant warrior was cut in half with his top torso being flung to sea and the lower remaining where Olomana Three Peaks is today.

The second peak is generally regarding as the less challenging of the three and is called Paku`i after chief Olomana’s favorite headsman.

The third peak is for experienced hikers only and is named Ahiki after the keeper of the ponds.

 

All three peaks are dangerous and very slippery when wet. Many have died hiking Olomana where the trail is a mere 2.5 miles long, but has elevation gains of over 1,600 feet.

If you make it to the top of the peaks, rewarding panoramic views are your pay off but the terrain is difficult and some parts cannot be hiked without the aid of ropes.

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