Route: Printable Topographic Maps
Kealia Trail switchbacks above Dillingham Airfield. At 1 mile, the trail crests the cliff, becomes a dirt road and continues up the ridge. This road connects with the Kuaokala Access Road. This short trail offers great views of Waialua and Haleiwa towns and the north shore. There are also great views of Dillingham Airfield and the fixed-wing gliders as they soar overhead.
WARNING! Serious rock fall has occurred on this trail. Please use caution when hiking.
Directions: There are two ways to reach this trail.
1. From Farrington Highway, after passing Camp Mokuleia, turn left into the third entrance to Dillingham Airfield. Proceed straight ahead 0.4 mile, to parking near the airfield tower. Head toward the mountain, crossing the access road you just came in on, and enter the gravel road. Go through the cable gate and continue left down the road, just past the broken-down airplane and building. When the road forks, stay right. The road will end at a fence lined with WWII bunkers. Proceed through the gate at the fence. The trail begins here.
2. By four wheel drive and DLNR permit (click here for permit application): Drive towards Kaena Point on Farrington Highway until you reach Yokohama Bay. Turn right and check in with your permit at the security guard station for the Kaena Point Tracking Station. Continue up the road until you get to the intersection with the second guard shack on the left. Turn right at the stop sign and proceed past the Tracking Station. Once past the station, the road curves to the left and you will pass another intersection on the right. Adjacent to the next intersection is a large dirt parking area. Take the road on the right, heading downhill. Follow the arrow signs along the road, and turn left at an intersection marked Kealia Trail, with an arrow. Continue down this road to the Kealia Trailhead and park in the open area before the shelter. Trail Information: Camping is not allowed on this trail. If accessing via the Kaena Point Tracking
Dog Owners: Hunting may be in progress on or near this hiking trail. Hunting dogs may be off-leash while engaged in the hunt. Hikers must keep their dogs leashed at all times and remove dog waste while on this trail.Mountain Bikers: Always yield to hikers. Do not slide around corners or slide down the trail. Careless mountain biking damages the trail and causes erosion. If accidents are reported or damage to the trail is extreme, the trail may be closed to mountain bikers.To report problems, incidents or trail damage: Click Here
or call 808-973-9782
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Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and
color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features
are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch
off from the public features may be on private property, and are not
managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent
landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing
and possibly putting yourself at risk.