Pali Lookout Rockfall Clean-Up & Ride

Date: March 18, 2017

Get a great crossfit workout! Help us remove rockfall debris from Old Pali Road Trail just makai of Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Saturday March 18, 2017 8:30 – 10:30 am. Optional: After 10:30am we will ride bikes down the (mostly) paved trail to Kailua, then back bike up the trail to lookout area.  Bring snack/lunch to enjoy along the way. 


Meet at Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout parking lot. Parking free for local residents. A rockfall about 18 months ago blocked the trail. Some volunteers have cleared parts of it. Now we want to clear all of it so people can hike and bike to Kailua and back.

Questions? Scott Derrickson at or Chad Taniguchi at 808 255 8271.


What to bring:

Hand tools (o’o, pick, shovel, hand saws, machete), gloves, helmet, sunscreen, water, snack/lunch

Hybrid or mountain bike recommended with low gears. Road bike with low gears can work, but road bike shoes will get scuffed and muddy.



All persons responsible for their own liability and risks. Although some assess the risks as low and tolerable, everyone must make their own assessment. No one is forcing you to do this. We will be working on clearing an area around a rockfall, along with cutting vegetation and clearing roadway and trail. There is a barrier that separates the Lookout from the rockfall area which can be walked around.



Clear and maintain the beautiful and majestic trail that people use to avoid the Pali tunnels while walking or biking between Kailua and Honolulu from either direction. Start from mauka at Lookout, and over time work makai or special areas that need attention. Longer vision includes preventing washouts and trail erosion to preserve the trail in perpetuity, and pushing for targeted rockfall mitigation. Users take personal calculated risks to use this trail while aware of the natural dangers that exist. A hui could be formed to accomplish these tasks and organize the work. The trail is the former hiking trail that became a highway and was used before the current highway and Pali tunnels were built. Most of the pavement remains with a 100-yard section of dirt and walkable rocks. A short ladder allows hikers and bikers up and down an 8-foot vertical section near where the current Pali Hwy crosses overhead. It is a wonderful health, recreation, and transportation resource.

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