OHE March 14, 1998

Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 18:35:46 -1000
From: Wing C Ng (wing@lava.net>
Subject: Maunawili Ditch Trail

Few weeks ago, I noticed this new trail branching off from the Waimanalo end of Maunawili Demonstration Trail, labeled "Maunawili Ditch Trail", and I checked it out today.

Five minutes from the start, Ditch Trail branches off with a conspicuous state sign. Very nice flat contour trail that goes on and on, meandering in and out of valleys. Many side trails ascend the Aniani Ridge, which is the ridge that continues on to become Olomana. I explored several of these.

The main trail descends and comes out at the end of Mahiku Place, which is 0.7 miles by road from the trailhead (yes, I checked this out with an odometer). The main trail itself is maybe 2 miles because of meandering.

I actually spent 3 h 45 minutes in there exploring various side trails. This is among the easiest trails on this island, ranks up there with Aiea Loop.


Reply from: Patrick Rorie (prorie@hekili.k12.hi.us>

If you're coming from Kailua pass Olomana Golf Course on the left. After Kalanianaole straightens out pass Flamingo Street and make a right onto Kumuhau Street. Once you reach the end turn right onto Waikupanaha. A short distance on the right after you pass Mahiku Place you will see an opening in the fence with a brown DLNR sign which reads "Maunawili Ditch". Park your car directly across from the sign and proceed thru the opening on foot. As always do not leave any valuables inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle.

Follow the trail (more like a jeep road) until you reach a juntion. Watch out for horse manure ! Another brown DLNR sign indicates the way to the Ditch trail. Go right (if you continue straight on the wide trail you'll eventually reach the Waimanalo end of the Maunawili Demo Trail (aka Ko'olaupoko).

It is 9.3 miles from the hairpin turn to the junction with the Ditch trail in Waimanalo. Better to start in Waimanalo unless you desire to hike the entire Maunawili Demo Trail.

== Patrick

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