Friday, April 30, 2010

Olomana Hike: Three Steep Peaks

The Legend of Olomana

Mount Olomana is one of the most spectacular hikes on the island of Oahu. The three peaks actually all have different names, but the whole geographical feature is commonly known as Olomana. The second peak is named Paku'i while the third is named Ahiki. In Hawaiian, Olomana means, "divided hill." According to legend, Olomana was a warrior over 30 feet tall, a giant. He ruled the lands on the Windward side of Oahu from Kualoa to Makapu'u. The king of Oahu at the time Ahuapau sent on of his greatest warriors Palila to take on Olomana. Palila being very powerful cut Olomana in half, sending his upper torso into the ocean leaving his lower half, where Mount Olomana is today. I myself have done the hike several times to the first peak. But only twice to the third peak. Once in 2001 with my friends Kim and Matt, and most recently in April 2010 with my brother Kurt.

Video I took at the tops of the 3 peaks Olomana, Paku'i and Ahiki. I made a mistake during the 3rd segment of the film when I called the first peak hidden behind the clouds the third peak.

On the way to the entrance of the trail

Hiking Olomana

If you drive to Olomana you should park off near the bridge next to Kalanianaole Highway off of Auloa Road. After parking, you will have to follow the road in, pass a guard shack for Luana Hills golf course, then keep walking until you see the sign below. I would give Olomana a 5 out of 5 for difficulty as it has vertical areas of rock climbing. Ropes may or may not be provided and you must use them at your own risk if they are there. So please keep the keiki (children) at home, and those scared of heights. Most people just hike up to the first peak. The first peak does have some rock climbing portions, but the second and especially the third peak can get quite treacherous. Exercise extra caution of you decide to hike those. Also, the hike will take approximately 2-3 hours depending on if you hike to the third peak or not, so bring water with you. A large bottle of water should suffice, or a full camelpak.

Sign Showing Start of Trail

Map showing where to park and the hike up to the third peak

View olomana hike in a larger map

Beginning of Hike

Ironwood Forest

Getting Higher

View of Enchanted Lakes (Halfway Point to the First Peak)

View of Aikahi and Marine Corps Base

Nearing Top of First Peak

Nice Plantlife

Vertical Area to First Peak

Cool rock formations you will notice up Olomana once you start nearing the top.

On Second Peak Looking at Third

Down the Second Peak to Get to Third

Almost to Third Peak, Wall-Like Structure

Pictures from the hole in Olomana. Take a look at Mount Olomana from certain spots in Enchanted Lakes on a clear day and look toward the third peak, you can actually see this hole.

If you get to the third peak make sure to log your name in this book. Hopefully it is still there when you get there.

My Chinese entry in the book

On the way back, up the second peak. Notice how small my brother is at the bottom.

Make the Visit to Hike Olomana!

I would say that this hike is well worth the time and effort it takes to climb. The scenery is rewarding, and if you are lucky, you will get to log an entry into the book at the third peak. Again most people tend to just climb to the first peak and go back down. However, doing so will make you miss the cool hole in the mountain, and all that fun rock climbing with steep drop-offs at both ends! You will burn well over 600 calories on this hike too! And if that doesn't wanna make you climb Olomana, then I dunno what will.

Also recommended: Kailua Pillbox Hike: Breathtaking Beauty


  1. Wow, I really like hiking and would like to post more about it too! I never even heard of the trail you went on, so it's great to have discovered a new place. It looks like one crazy hike though! Beautiful views ...

  2. Yes! The Olomana one can get quite scary at times since you have to scale walls of rock. Yes I would like to know about your hiking adventures! Perhaps some Indonesian ones... oooh.

  3. You have to scale walls of rock? OMG. LOL I don't know if I could handle that. It sounds dangerous. hehehehe Yeah, I really want to hike in Indonesia. The place i'll be at is between two mountains, so hopefully I can meet friends who are into the idea. hehehe What is your favorite trail?

  4. oh where will you be in Indonesia? I was in Bali... Nasi Chompur there is delicious! Never got to hike tho, but I was in Ubud, so sorta in the mountains.

  5. Thank you for this post, the scenery is very beautiful

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