The Kea’iwa Heiau State Recreation Area is located in Aiea, Hawaii and can be accessed by car via Aiea Heights Drive and is situated close to the John A. Burns Freeway. It is about twelve miles from Waikiki making it a fun “off the beaten path” type of excursion for tourists and even locals.
This state recreation area is most known for the Keaiwa Heiau, which is a temple where Hawaiians would visit for healing. Even though the temple was active several years ago, it is still frequented by those who believe in its power. The park is about 384 acres total and is abundant in amenities like campsites, picnic pavilions, bathrooms, showers and water fountains.
Permits are required for patrons who want to camp overnight at the Kea’iwa Heiau State Recreation Area. There are also different payment rates for Hawaii residents and non-residents so check out the Kea’iwa Heiau website before visiting the park. The park is home to the ‘Aiea Loop Trail which is about 4.8 miles that wraps around the perimeter.
Along the path at the Kea’iwa Heiau State Recreation Area, there are views of Pearl Harbor, Wai’anae Range, Honolulu, and Diamond Head. You may even catch a view of remnants of a B-24 bomber that crashed at the site in 1944. Not only is this trail enjoyable for dogs, but there’s also never a dull moment for humans either.
It's suggested that dogs be kept on a leash while on the ‘Aiea Loop. The hike itself is easy for seasoned pup hikers as it only has a few gradual uphill climbs and on stream crossing at the end of the trail. It is occasionally muddy so bring some wipes to wash your dog’s paws at the end and also look out for exposed tree roots.
From beginning to end, the walk takes about 2.5 to 3 hours so make sure your dog is active and has plenty of water and snacks before embarking on an adventure. The Kea’iwa Heiau State Recreation Area provides unforgettable views and fun for dogs and humans alike.