King Kamehameha’s Summer Palace Ruins Hike

Oh my goodness. This hike was killing us. This was our THIRD time trying to find the trailhead and thankfully this time we actually found it!

I cannot recommend this hike enough, it is a very short hike and leads to an amazing set of ruins. I would just caution to not walk on them or disturb them because the walls are crumbling.

First things first: How to get there. Once again this is another hike of Nu’uanu Pali Dr. off of Pali Highway. Park near the Water Supply building and head up the road just a bit. You should see a gap in the bushes like so:

ruins1Continue on the trail, do NOT take the first left at the big tree, that will loop you around and take you back to the road. Head straight until you see a large path to the left while you are in the bamboo forest. The trail should start to climb a bit. You should start seeing lovely stone walls around you… This is good, you are headed the right way!

All of a sudden you should see this beauty in front of you:

ruins2Ten thousand people here for a luau?! Can you even imagine? I would have LOVED to be at that party.

ruins3It’s sad to see these ruins so neglected. When I was looking online for information about them, it said by the 1870s, just 30 years after the famous luau, they were already ruins. The history of these islands and their rulers isĀ fascinatingĀ to me… I keep joking that I am going to start sitting in on Hawaiian studies classes at the University so I can keep learning!

If you have a time to fit this hike it, I recommend it. It should take no more than 10-15 minutes to hike in and would make for a great picnic or photo background location. I think there may also be another waterfall tucked away in here, but that is another hike for another day!

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6 thoughts on “King Kamehameha’s Summer Palace Ruins Hike

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  2. Those are beautiful ruins! We went to the Big Island last week…I highly recommend that…go check out Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Military get a free annual pass to the National Parks.

    For a good book on Hawaii history/Hawaii studies, check out the book “Unfamiliar Fishes.” Tons of history & explanations of why they do what they do (like Mac salad on their plate lunches.)

  3. Simply amazing! Where is Hawaii’s historical restoration committee? I didn’t know this site even existed. I think, though, that native Hawaiians know not to mess with historical sites and that the decay was due to the weather primarily…hmmm. What a beautiful hike. Thanks for sharing. Love, Mom

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