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The Muliwai Trail (also called the Waimanu Valley Trail) is an out and back hike along the northern coast of Hawaii's Big Island. The hike traverses pristine wilderness, connecting Waipio Valley to Waimanu Valley and features black sand beaches, stream crossings, and waterfalls.

Because the trek is long and strenuous, most hikers opt to camp at one of the designated camping sites rather than hiking all day. Camping requires a permit.

The Hike

The trail starts down a steep road and after 0.80467 kilometers reaches the black beaches of the Waipio Valley. On the beach is a wide stream crossing, which can be tricky to navigate because of slippery rocks.

Next is the infamous Z-trail which switchbacks up 365.76 meters to the other side of Waipio Valley and is the hardest section of the hike. At the top of the hill, the trail flattens out as the trail heads into the jungle.

At this point, the trail is now surrounded by vegetation and trail is marked by various stream crossings, 13 in all. Because the vegeation is thick, views of the Pacific are limited. After roughly 8.04672 kilometers, is the beautiful Waimanu Valley and the night's campgrounds.

The hike back to the car follows the same trail back, but some hikers choose to start the second day with a diversion to Waimanu Valley's west wall to cool off in Waiilikahi Falls.


From Honokaa, take Highway 240 west for 15.12783 kilometers until it reaches a dead end at Waipio Valley Lookout.

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