HONOLULU — The ‘Aiea Loop Trail in Keaiwa Heiau State Recreational Area was reopened today, following a landslide that had caused the trail to be closed on September 29.
A DLNR State Parks crew from Napali Coast State Wilderness Park was brought over due to their experience and ability to work safely on a trail setting.
The ‘Aiea Loop Trail is 4.8-mile trail that begins and ends in the park. This trail runs along the ridge on the west side of Halawa Valley and offers views of the southern coastline of O‘ahu from Pearl Harbor (Pu‘uloa) and the Wai‘anae Range to Honolulu and Diamond Head (Le‘ahi).
Much of this area was replanted by foresters in the late 1920s. The lemon eucalyptus trees give the air a light citrus fragrance. Stands of Norfolk Island pine trees mark the lower end of the trail. Look for the native koa and ohi‘a trees as you reach Pu‘u Ua‘u, the high point about midway along the length of the trail. You might also see remnants of a B-24 bomber that crashed in 1944.
For more information about the trail go to http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/hiking/oahu/aiea-loop-trail/
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Photos by Division of State Parks show “before” and “after” images of the rockslide area, and the Kauai Napali Coast State Wilderness Park crew that did the work.
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