Kahuku Training Area
The Kahuku Training Area is situated on the slopes of the northern end of the Koolau Mountain Range, on Oahu, approximately 15 miles from Kaneohe Bay. The southern portion of the area lies adjacent to the Kawailoa Training Area.
The Kahuku Training Area [7,600 acres] was leased by the Army from the State of Hawaii and from private owners. The Honolulu Engineer District of the Army Corps of Engineers negotiated the purchase of the 8,216-acre Kahuku Training Area, near the North Shore of Oahu for the Army. That acquisition assured an important training area would always be available for military units in Hawaii to maintain their combat readiness.
The major access into this training area is a single paved road which leads from Kamehameha Highway, State Route 83, to the former Nike Site 2. Unimproved dirt roads, hiking trails, and several designated helicopter landing zones exist throughout the training area.
The Koolau Mountain Range is designated as a Conservation District for land use planning purposes. The conservation area includes approximately one half of the Kahuku Training Area, the Kawailoa Training Area, and land to the southeast. The remaining half of the Kahuku Training Area and adjacent land on the west, north and east is designated as an Agricultural District and used for sugarcane growth. Several areas along the coast are designated urban land with the largest town being Kahuku.
The training site varies from gently rolling land along the northern perimeter to steep slopes and dense vegetation along the southern border. The northern area contains grasslands and light bush which becomes more tree covered as the elevation increases. The southern portion is thickly frosted and cut by many deep gullies. The entire area is partitioned by several of these south to north oriented gullies. The elevation ranges from approximately 400 feet along the northern and eastern boundaries to over 1,700 feet along the ridge of the Koolau Range which forms the southern boundary. Steep lands lies mostly to the south and accounts for approximately 57% of the entire training area.
The Kahuku Training Area provides an adequate training area for company sized units and smaller but is considered marginal for battalion sized units. There are no significant restrictions to training. The Kahuku Training Area can be used seven days per week through the year.
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