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My name is Steve and I moved to Oahu in April of 2016, a time when my life was not in a good place. Then I discovered the wonders of hiking on Oahu and Hawaii and the incredible joy and beauty that comes with it. This is what inspired me...

 

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Beginner Hikes

These are the simplest hikes on this site, good for most ages and abilities. While you might work up a sweat and there may even be a few minor challenges, most individuals should be able to complete these hikes without too much trouble.

August 10, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Possibly muddy and slippery, Uneven footing

Sights: Honolulu, Ko'olau Range, GUAVA!!

What to Bring: Shoes you can get muddy

A short and easy hike located near Manoa, the Pu'u Pia trail will give you a nice taste of the wilderness--both figuratively and literally. The majority of the trail is shaded as you walk amongst the mass...

July 7, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 0.5 HOURS

Distance: 0.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 50 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Narrow Trail, Can be slippery

Sights: Red Sand Beach, Coastline

What to Bring: Towel, Sunscreen, Swimsuit

Kaihalulu Beach has a reputation along the Road to Hana (and not just because it's clothing optional), but because it is one of the few places you can see a beach with red sand. With a quick little hike, you can get...

July 5, 2019

A popular stop along the Road to Hana, Waiʻānapanapa State Park is famous for its beautiful natural scenery, particularly the famous Honokalani Black Sand Beach. But there is a lot more to this place than a quick photo op. Whether it is staring through a natural sea arch, exploring caves, feeling the power of a blowhole, meandering along a volcanic coastal trail or camping underneath the stars, Waiʻānapanapa is sure to give ev...

July 4, 2019

Not much of a hike in the traditional sense, what Upper Waikani (AKA "Three Bears") Falls lacks in duration it makes up for in beauty. Simply park off the road past mile marker 19 on the road to Hana, scramble underneath the bridge and take a seat to enjoy this unique and gorgeous set of falls. 

As evident by the description, I don't really consider this much of a hike. But with so many options of where to stop along the R...

July 4, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS

Distance: 1.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH (lower at Upper Falls)

Challenges: Potentially muddy, Stream Crossings

Sights: The Falls!

What to Bring: Swimsuit and towel

A popular first stop on Maui's Road to Hana, this hike is a great taste of what is likely to be a day full of beautiful scenery and waterfalls. This location has a lot of little treats, including multiple swimmi...

May 23, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: ~1 HOUR

Distance: 0.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 100 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Parking, Slippery and Uneven footing, Dangerous Surf

Sights: Tidepools, Turtles

What to Bring: Shoes with good grip, Swimsuit and towel

If you find yourself in the northern part of Kaua'i, a trek to Queen's Bath is a must do. Getting to the "bath" requires a short hike from a Princeville neighborhood to the coastline, but wat...

May 20, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Could be muddy

Sights: Mountains, trees, valleys oh my!

What to Bring: Water

Located near Kapa'a, the Kuilau Ridge Trail is a nice gradual ridge that ends at a beautiful lookout overlooking the surrounding valley, Mount Wai'ale'ale, and the Makaleha Mountain Range. Throughout your journey, you will be surrounded by lush g...

April 29, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 Feet

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy, Several possible routes to take, Buggy

Sights: Honolulu, Bamboo Forest, Ko'olau Range

What to Bring: Water (>1L) Snack, Bug Spray

A more traditional hike, this hike takes place along the Mauka Trail system up in Mount Tantalus. The Makiki Tantalus loop covers a large portion of this trail system, hitting many of t...

September 4, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 1.5 MILES to YOGN-42

Elevation Gain: NEGLIGBLE

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Getting to trailhead, Shadeless, Some sharp rock

Sights: Shipwreck, Maui, Moloka'i

What to Bring: 4WD Vehicle, Water, Sunscreen, Closed Toed Shoes, Swimsuit and Towel

This coastal walk on the northern coast of Lana'i offers history, beauty, and seclusion all in one short hike. You will need a 4WD to reach this hi...

September 3, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: NEGLIGIBLE

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Uneven footing and sharp rock

Sights: Blowholes, Kaho'olawe, Pu'u Pehe

What to Bring: Closed toed shoes, Water

A short coastal trail located on the southern part of Lana'i, this easy hike is a great way to get the blood flowing while taking in a little bit of history. As you walk along this rocky trail you will pass what r...

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