Hike & Restore above Waikiki

by Manoa Cliff Native Reforestation Project

Disclaimer: This site is following COVID-19 protocols which are updated with the Hawaii State Department of Health and may restrict certain activities.

Manoa Cliff along Oahu’s famed Tantalus trail system is just a few short miles from Waikiki.  The site is rich in native plant species ranging from shrubs to forest and is accessible to the average hiker.  Sadly, the area’s native vegetation is in a state of rapid decline. As a volunteer you will be guided into our special 6 acre gated reserve where we’ll turn back the demise of native plants by removing quick growing alien species such as cinnamon, guava, bamboo, and ginger.  With your help, we can further our mission to enliven the forest such as planting Koa seedlings that have successfully sprouted into trees – now over 10 feet tall.

If you love hiking and care about conservation – come join us and see some amazing views along the way.


  • Hiking a famous trail system in the Pali ridge hill tops of Oahu.
  • Commanding views above Waikiki and Honolulu.
  • Make a positive impact reforesting native Hawaiian plants while removing invasives.
  • Help restore a 6 acres native forest reserve few get to see and learn about.
  • Guided hike by naturalist.
  • Learn about our Aina’ – Native Hawaiian Land including floral & fauna of: Ohia, Koa, and Hibiscus (state flower), and the diversity that is being restored.

Know Before You Book

  • Physical Fitness & Endurance: you must have the ability to hike more than 3 miles over uneven terrain and stay on your feet during the entire duration of the day.
  • Ability to perform gardening tasks while bending, kneeling, lifting, and stretching
  • Must sign up in advance and follow close instructions for what to expect which appear in the conformation note upon completion of booking


7 reviews

  1. Fully recommend this experience!

    Great activity!

  2. A fun and instructive experience!

    Beautiful views and I learned a lot about Hawaiis native forest and plants. It was a great experience where I got to help restore the forest to preserve the beautiful island of Oahu!

  3. Waikiki from Above

    Who would have thought some of my favorite plants were invasive to Hawaii? I learned so much on this hike and restoration and I really felt like I was making a difference in preserving the natural forest of this beautiful island! The hosts were very knowledgable and made us feel more than welcome. The views above Waikiki are incredible. I can almost guarantee this is a hike you won’t find in the travel books so definitely worth checking out.

  4. What a hike!

    This was one of the best hikes I have done so far on this wonderful island!
    Furthermore, I have seen hidden places where no tourist ever was before and learned so much about the Hawaiian forest!
    Thank you guys for this amazing day! I really appreciate what you are doing!

  5. Simply an Amazing Hike and Restoration Project

    My experience was absolutely awesome! The group travel2change really did an awesome job coordinating this event from start to finish. I also learned so many unknown things about the forest plant life here in Hawaii. I also loved the hike during the entire evolution because the Stefan and Dusty gave a great brief along our journey. I really suggest that you all try this hike while visiting Hawaii.

  6. If you're reading this, just sign up you won't regret it!

    A great and rewarding experience where you can see, learn about, and help restore the forestry in Waikiki.
    The hosts were very knowledgeable and the views were incredible. Thanks to the travel2change team for the unforgettable experience!

  7. Great Chance to see the Diversity of Hawaii

    This activity is a great chance to see the Hawaiian jungle and support great hosts with a stunning knowledge of Hawaiian plants. The trail itself is worth seeing. We saw a lot of flowers, fruit, and huge trees. We passed amazing lookouts and walked through a bamboo forest. Removing invasive plants and planting local species in these surroundings is magical. Don`t forget to combine your visit with my favourite viewpoint on Oahu, called Tantalus Lookout. Not far away, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific also known as Punchbowl Crater, is a poignant site that is nearby.

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