Rainforest Running Tour with a View

3 Hours
  • 1.5 miles (half) 3 miles (full)
  • 3 hours
  • 30 minutes (half) 60 minutes (full)
  • Moderate
  • Yes (10+ years of age)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 284 ft (half) 884 ft (full)
  • 582 ft (half) 884 ft (full)
  • 10
  • 65
  • 1 - 7


Embark on a thrilling 1.5 to 3+ mile guided trail running tour through Oahu’s tropical rainforest nestled at the heart of the Koolau mountains. Here’s a description of what you can expect on this exhilarating adventure:

  1. Starting Point: Begin your trail running tour at Moleka Trailhead, located in the lush Makiki Valley. As you set off, the trail winds through a tropical rainforest, surrounded by dense vegetation, towering trees, and the enchanting sounds of exotic birds. The terrain varies, featuring both gentle slopes and steeper sections, ensuring an engaging and challenging run. Be prepared for occasional muddy patches or stream crossings, adding an element of excitement to your journey.
  2. Ualakaa State Park: Upon completing the trail, you’ll enter the stunning Ualakaa State Park. This picturesque park offers a peaceful respite with well-maintained paths, manicured gardens, and a sweeping panorama of Honolulu’s cityscape. Take a moment to soak in the magnificent vistas of Honolulu, Diamond Head, and the surrounding ocean. Enjoy a moment of tranquility amidst the park’s serene atmosphere.
  3. Optional Return Journey: After savoring the beauty of Ualakaa State Park, you have the option to retrace your steps back to the beginning. If you don’t feeling like running anymore, no worries, your guide will return to pick you up here at the park.Important Tips:
    • Wear appropriate trail running shoes with good traction for the uneven terrain.
    • Dress in moisture-wicking, breathable clothing suitable for the tropical climate.
    • Carry a hydration pack or water bottle to stay hydrated during the run.
    • Be mindful of your surroundings, watch for trail markers, and stick to the main trail
    • Respect the environment by staying on designated trails and carrying out any trash.


    1. Trail Conditions:
      • Be aware that trail conditions may vary and can change rapidly. Trails may have loose rocks, exposed roots, muddy sections, and uneven terrain. Exercise caution and adjust your pace accordingly.
    2. Weather Awareness:
      • Be aware of the weather conditions before starting your run. Sudden rainstorms can lead to slippery trails and increased risks. Check the weather forecast and be prepared with appropriate gear, such as rain jackets or sun protection, as needed.
      • High temperatures and humidity are common in Oahu. Stay hydrated by carrying sufficient water and take breaks in shaded areas to prevent heat-related illnesses.
    3. Wildlife and Plants:
      • Respect the local wildlife and refrain from disturbing or feeding any animals encountered along the trails.
      • Stay on designated paths to avoid damaging fragile plant life and ecosystems. Do not pick or remove any plants or flowers.
    4. Trail Etiquette:
      • Yield to hikers and other trail users. Slow down and give ample space when passing others. Announce your presence when approaching from behind, using polite verbal cues or bells if necessary.
      • Keep the trails clean by packing out any trash or waste. Leave no trace and help preserve the natural beauty of the area for future visitors.
    5. Safety Preparedness:
      • Bring a fully charged cell phone, but note that some areas may have limited or no reception.

    Please adhere to this warning notice, exercise caution, and enjoy your trail running experience in the beautiful landscapes of Oahu. This trail running tour from Moleka Trail to Ualakaa State Park provides an incredible opportunity to experience Oahu’s natural beauty, challenge your fitness, and enjoy panoramic views of the island. Immerse yourself in the vibrant landscapes, embrace the exhilaration of the run, and create lasting memories in the heart of Hawaii.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive up Round Top hill with views of Manoa Valley
  • Tropical rainforest with exotic birds, native plants, and flowing single track
  • Pu'u Ualakaa State Park viewpoint
  • Learn interesting facts about the Hawaiian islands and the ecology


  • Pickup in Waikiki
    • Our shuttle van will pick you up and drop you off in Waikiki at designated pickup zone (inquire for custom pickups)
  • Scenic Drive up to Trailhead
    • Learn about the history of Makiki, Tantalus, and Manoa as we shuttle you to the trailhead
  • Run to Ualakaa State Park
    • Starting from Moleka trailhead run 1.5 miles through the rainforest to Ualakaa State Park
  • Pu’u Ualakaa State Park
    • At the end of the run we will be rewarded with sweeping views of Honolulu at Ualakaa State Park. From here you will have the option to join the tour guide on his return journey to pick up the shuttle van. If not, just wait here at the park for pickup and then return to Waikiki


What's included?

  • - Small, intimate group size (1-7 person tour)
  • - Shuttle service to trail and back to Waikiki
  • - Expert local guide
  • - Bottled water
  • - Energy chews
  • - Mosquito repellent
  • - Dad jokes


  • - Gratuities
How fit do I need to be to do this running tour?

The trail has a moderate level of difficulty, and participants should have a reasonable level of fitness to fully enjoy the experience. While the trail does not require elite athletic ability, it is important to be adequately prepared. The shortest distance on this tour is around 1.5 miles and involves some elevation changes and uneven terrain. It is recommended to have a basic level of endurance and cardiovascular fitness to handle the duration and demands of the trail.
Trail Running Experience: While not mandatory, prior trail running experience can be advantageous. The uneven terrain and occasional obstacles require agility and adaptability. If you are new to trail running, the slippery conditions as well as the narrow slopes along the trail can be intimidating.
Hydration and Nutrition: Stay properly hydrated and fueled before and during the run. Carry an adequate supply of water and consider bringing extra snacks or energy gels to replenish electrolytes and energy levels.
Remember, everyone’s fitness level and capabilities differ, so it’s important to listen to your body and adjust your pace accordingly. If you have any underlying health conditions or concerns, it is always advisable to consult with a medical professional before attempting any physically demanding activities.

What should I wear?

Wear appropriate trail running shoes with good traction for the uneven terrain.
Dress in moisture-wicking, breathable clothing suitable for the tropical climate.
Carry a hydration pack or water bottle to stay hydrated during the run.


Meeting Points

  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Hyatt Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
  • Courtyard by Marriott, Sheraton Waikiki
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences – Waikiki Beach
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
  • Prince Waikiki
  • Cruise Port Pier 2

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Rainforest Running Tour with a View
From $60
/ Adult
From $50
/ Child



May 2024