Mokulēʻia-Kuaokala Firebreak Access Road
Trail in Kuaokala Game Management Area
Length (one way): 6 mi / 9.66 km - Elevation Change: 500 ft / 152.4 m
Mokuleia-Kuaokala Firebreak Access Road is an access road connecting the west and north side of the Waianae mountains. Four wheel drive is recommended on this trail.
For additional information refer to the "Route description" below.
Rules & Regulation
- 4-wheel drive
- Nature Study
- Open Views
- Dangerous Footing
- Hunting Area
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.
Terrain & Trail Environment
Unpaved, dirt road
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.
Simple Trail Tips
- Stay on the trail.
- Check the weather
- Watch the time
- Avoid undue risk
- Read all posted signs
- Respect other trail users
- Pack out at least what you pack in.
If driving, there are two ways to reach these roads:
1. Head towards Ewa on H-1 and take the H-2 exit, heading towards Wahiawa and Haleiwa. As the freeway ends at Schofield Barracks, continue on Route 99 north, bypassing Wahiawa. When the road forks, continue on the left fork towards Waialua (which is still Wilikina Drive, but now becomes Route 803). At the flashing yellow light, continue straight on Farrington Highway (Route 930). Continue on Farrington Highway, through the rotary, through Mokuleia. The Mokuleia Access Road will be on your left. Look for a dense coconut palm grove, turn in. Park at the gate (Note: This is a high theft area). Continue on foot or bike through the gates up the road. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife does not permit vehicular access on this road.The Mokuleia Firebreak road is at the top of the Mokuleia access road on the right past the campground.
2. By four wheel drive and DLNR permit (see Documents section below for permit application): Drive towards Ka‘ena Point on Farrington Highway until you reach The Kaena State Park section of the Mauka Kaena State Park or Keawaula. Turn right and check in with your permit at the security guard station for the Ka‘ena 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. (This is where you can park to go on the Kuaokala Trail.)
Four-wheel drive vehicles required on these roads. These roads basically connect the west or "Waiʻanae" side of the Waiʻanae mountains with the north or "Mokulēʻia" side of the Waianae mountains. Both roads allow four-wheel or bicycle access to Peacock Flats campgrounds, hunting areas, Kealia access road and trail, as well as the Kuaokala trail. Caution is advised while driving on these roads. Please be courteous of other users in the area.
Historically the Air Force has closed public access during RIMPAC in the month of July and on the anniversary of September 11. It is recommended that you call to check on the status of access in the event that the Air Force closes public access for security reasons. During these closures, you will not be able drive up the road through the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station at The Kaena State Park section of the Mauka Kaena State Park or Keawaula. The KPSTS land line is (808)697-4311 to check on potential closures. OVERNIGHT PARKING IS NOT ALLOWED AT OR AROUND THE AIR FORCE FACILITY. Campers may park overnight at the east trail head off of Kuaokala Road. 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.
Downloadable resources are provided below.
Accessing this trail requires a day use permit issued by Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR). This permit must be printed in advance and in your possession at all times when on the trail. An additional copy must also be displayed on your vehicle dashboard when on the premises. Trail users may obtain permits through the following methods:
Method 1 (Online-CURRENTLY INACTIVE) - A permit may be quickly obtained via the online link provided in the Links section at the bottom of this page. Trail users who use this method will be charged a $2.50 service fee for the online transaction. The permit will be issued automatically after purchase.
Method 2 (Via Mail) - Trail users who may not wish to pay the online service fee may manually send in an application, free of purchase, to the Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Oahu Branch. Please download and complete the form provided in the Resources section below (under Permit Application). Trail users may mail your application packet to:
DLNR/ DOFAW 2135 Makiki Heights Dr.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Permits will be issued after the completed application has been reviewed and approved. This may take up to 5 business days.
Method 3 (Walk-In) - Permits are also issued same-day to trail users who wish to visit our DOFAW Makiki and Downtown offices. Walk-in permits are issued free of charge, and at the desk. Trail users may visit either of the following locations:
1151 Punchbowl St., Rm. 325 Honolulu, HI 96813
2135 Makiki Heights Dr. Honolulu, HI 96822