DLNR Wiki Permits

Kaunala Trail Division of Forestry and Wildlife



Description

Pupukea Forest Reserve.  Kaunala Trail is open only on weekends and holidays.  It begins in a stand of paperbark trees and contours in and out of several gulches. It is a good combination of ridge and valley trail and offers great views of the north shore and Waianae Mountain Range. There is an interesting combination of native and introduced vegetation along this trail. The last portion of the hike is along a dirt road. When you break out of the forest onto the dirt road, go right. About 0.25 miles up the road, you will come to a large iron gate. Continue around the gate and go right at the road intersection. Continue down the road, past the trailhead (now, on your right) to the entrance gate and your parked vehicle. This trail traverses a public hunting area - hikers should exercise caution. Wear bright colored clothing and be aware that you may encounter hunters who may be hunting off trail - stay on the trail. Campsites not designated.  Camping is allowed anywhere within the trail corridor (10 feet from center line).

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Location

On Kamehameha Highway, from Haleiwa heading towards Sunset Beach, turn right on Pupukea Road (at Foodland). Continue up the road, past the Pu`u `O Mahuka Heiau, until the road ends at a gate and Camp Pupukea. PARK BELOW THE BOY SCOUT CAMP ALONG THE ROAD. Campers must find legal parking in the adjacent neighborhood.  Please park responsibly and do not leave valuables in you vehicle. Proceed on foot down the dirt road. The Kaunala Trailhead will be on your left about 3/4 mile down the road. 



Special Conditions

This trail traverses a public hunting area - hikers should exercise caution. Wear bright colored clothing and be aware that you may encounter hunters who may be hunting off trail - stay on the trail. Campsites not designated. Camping is allowed anywhere within the trail corridor (10 feet from center line).



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