Makiki Valley Loop Trail
(A State Park, maintained by volunteers)
From the parking lot, you walk up a road that takes you to the trail head where there are restrooms (with cleaning shoe area), a shelter and water fountain. Just across a little bridge you may find a free map display case. The best time to hike is around 6 a.m. It is cool and may have just stopped raining (if you are lucky).
The majority of hikers are Koreans, mostly ladies of all ages. Many hike daily and then go to work. They are very friendly and greet you with a smile.
Along the Makiki Valley Loop Trail, there are a variety of trees like: banana, banyan, koa, eucalyptus, mountain apple, avocado, macadamia nut, mango & breadfruit (ulu) and many more. There are coffee and guava bushes, as well as passion fruit (lilikoi), etc.
There was an abundance of yellow and white ginger in bloom. The fragrance was wonderful. This hike really reflects the beauty of Hawaii.
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