Located in Kaawa the Kahekili Ridge Trail is a short ass kicking trail that should only be attempted by fit, experienced, confident hikers. Kahekili Ridge Trail completley kicked my ass and I was not prepared for it!
The husband and I tackled the Kahekili Ridge Trail a few months ago. (This post is a little delayed as we were trying to make a video to go with it and then life, aka Military, got in the way and well here we are now.) It was either a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon and we were looking for a quick short hike to do, just so we wouldn’t feel like we wasted the day. We spent some time browsing AllTrails and came across Kahekili. Although it was rated as hard, it was only 1.9 miles so we figured it couldn’t be that bad, and it took us up to a waterfall so we decided to give it a shot.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that this was a huge mistake. The first few minutes of the hike aren’t bad at all. It is a nice shaded area, pretty even and gradual incline and then it cuts off to the left straight up and doesn’t stop until you reach the end. Overall, according to my AllTrails recording, this hike is 2.4 miles round trip. It took me a total of five hours and 27 minutes to complete, three hours and 14 minutes of that was moving. The hike left me exhausted and so sore the following day I could barely lift my arms.
This hike wasn’t all bad though. It did offer some amazing views and a look into parts of the gorgeous Kualoa. The waterfall at the end was pretty and you get a nice, yet scary view of the valley from the top of another waterfall.
I want to emphasize, this hike is not for the faint of heart or inexperienced hikers. There are sections of this hike that involve scrambling and there are other areas where hikers have set up ropes to assist. Much of this hike is on a very narrow ridge line and the winds can get gusty. It is dangerous! I do not recommend attempting this hike if you have never hiked ridges in Hawaii or have any doubt about your own capabilities. If you decide to attempt this hike please remember to check in with yourself and if at any time you feel
*This hike is challenging and can be dangerous. I am not advising nor recommending that anyone attempt this trail, I am simply sharing my experience.