The Makiki Arboretum Trail offers a scenic excursion with greenery and trees surrounding you from every angle. The quiet path is set within the same part of Oahu as Makiki Valley State Recreation Area.

Locals and visitors alike take to the trail because it is pretty straightforward in terms of hiking difficulty. However, one thing people noted is that when it rains, it can get really muddy and also pose potential hazards. If you’re sure whether the trail and the area around it are safe, check if there are any announcements on the Department of Land and Natural Resources site.

Makiki Arboretum Trail - one of the highlights of 10 Things to Do Off the Beaten Path in Honolulu (Read all about Honolulu here)

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Makiki Arboretum Trail highlights

Easy and enjoyable, the Makiki Arboretum offers fun for everyone in a relaxing setting. Another place to explore nearby is the Hawaii Nature Centre.

The organisation offers greater programming that inspires people to have awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Hawaii’s precious environment. The centre is a short five-minute walk away for those who want to explore another time. Kids especially love it because of its summer camp and other fun activities. Other initiatives include Outdoor EdVenture Days, a fun programme offering nature encounters, hiking, meadow exploration, and more.

Good to know when visiting Makiki Arboretum Trail

Locals who hike Makiki Arboretum Trail like the trail that winds through Round Top Forest Reserve for various reasons, from the stunning scenery to the abundance of green, water, and shade. People who have been here before recommend wearing shoes with good traction as the area tends to get a bit slippery after it rains.

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Makiki Arboretum Trail

Location: Honolulu, HI 96822, USA

Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm