Hau’ula Loop Trail
Hiking Hawaii's trails with kids - Hau'ula Loop Trail
So okay, we actually hiked this trail way back in March. I’m still working on getting all caught up. But it’s our first post since we transformed the blog. What do you think? It’s lovely, huh?!
But back to Hau’ula Loop Trail. I have three main things to say about this trail: insanely muddy, full of mosquitoes, and a photographer’s lighting nightmare.
Other than that, it was a great time! Ha.
The drive there though? Whoa. Incredible. It’s up near The Polynesian Cultural Center, and that whole area is just so pretty.
We parked at Hau’ula Beach Park and walked up the street to the trailhead.
It’s always good to know you’ve made it to the right spot!
However, this is never something you want to see. Thankfully, we were aware of this problem after doing our online research, so we heeded the warning and removed all valuables from our van. (That’s something we do during every adventure, because unfortunately, this is a problem island-wide. Many people even suggest leaving your vehicle unlocked so it’s obvious that it’s empty.) We made our way up the access road. The road leads to the actual 2.5 mile loop. And then the mud began.
Since most of our hikes are ridge trails, we don’t often cross streams. It’s a fun change of pace.
Then we joined.
Unfortunately, there was no one else around that day, so we didn’t get a family picture. But we got this one. And I love it. (Even if Aidan’s eyes are closed.)
James always catches them though. I’m still not running to him. I just crab walk down.And then we made our way back down.
And when the sun went behind the clouds for two seconds (and took with it the spotty lighting), I made the kids pose for a picture.
I do remember that this part was a little sketchy. That path wasn’t very wide and it’s a loooooong way down. But our kids do a great job of paying attention. (Usually.)
And just the last bit of mud before the end.
And done! I don’t think it ended taking us too long – maybe two hours? Three? We stopped plenty and hung out halfway for a bit. I’m glad we did this one because the views really were incredible. But like I mentioned above, we are gonna have to learn to embrace getting dirty. We just aren’t quite there yet. 😉