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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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Central Hikes

August 21, 2018


Time: 7-9 HOURS

Distance: 15 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Somewhat muddy and overgrown

Sights: Waimano Valley, Windward Side (if you're lucky)

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Lunch, Sunscreen

A lengthy hike located in central Oahu, this trail takes you from Pearl City all the way to the Ko'olau Summit Trail by means of a 15 mile graded ridge. On the w...

July 30, 2018


Time: 7-9 HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Muddy and Slippery, Overgrown

Sights: Pearl Harbor, Waianae Range, Windward Side (weather permitting)

What to Bring: Water (>2), Lunch, Sunscreen, Pants, Microspikes (nice to have)

This lengthy ridge hike located near Pearl City takes you deep into the Ko'olau Mountain Range, all the way to...

March 11, 2018


Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 10 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1800 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Exposed, Long Distance, Slightly Overgrown, Some Narrow and Eroded Portions

Sights: H3 Highway, Waianae Range, Honolulu, Windward Side, KST

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Snack/Lunch, Sunscreen, Shoes with Good Grip, Long Pants

Despite its distance, this is one of the more manageable Ko'olau finger ridges if...

February 11, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 4.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 850 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Potentially muddy

Sights: Ko'olau Range, H3 Highway, Waianae Range

What to Bring: Snack, Water

Aiea Loop Trail feels like traditional mainland hiking, with a well defined trail that contours through the trees, just below the ridgeline. It is not without the typical Hawaii challenges (Mud!), and you will also g...

November 12, 2017


Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 2.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy, Some steep and slippery Descents

Sights: Waimano Valley, The Falls, Ko'olau Range, Waianae Range

What to Bring: Snack, Water, Swimsuit

Located in the center of Oahu near Pearl City, this gem has a lot to offer for such a short hike. It begins along the Manana Ridge Trail where you walk along a shaded...

August 7, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 6 MILES

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy and Flooded Tunnels

Sights: The Tunnels, Waimano Valley

What to Bring: Water, Flashlight, Snack

A hike located in the center of Oahu near Pearl City that takes you along the Upper Waimano Ridge trail, with pleasant views of Waimano Valley. The unique part of this hike is the ability to walk through up to 10 differen...

July 17, 2017

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 6+ HOURS

Distance: ~5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1900 FEET

Foot Traffic: VERY LOW

Challenges: Finding Trail, Narrow Ridges, Steep Climbs, OVERGROWN!!!

Sights: Pu'u Hapapa, Mount Ka'ala, Western and Central Oahu, Honolulu

What to Bring: Lots of Water, Food/Lunch, Sunscreen, Long Sleeves and Long Pants

At just over 3500 feet, Pu'u Kalena is the second tallest peak on Oahu. Not only are you required to gain nearly 2...

July 5, 2017


Time: 4-5 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Rock Scrambling with Steep Dropoffs, Narrow Ridges, Overgrown, Steep Inclines

Sights: Central Oahu, West Oahu, Kolekole Pass, Mount Ka'ala, Waianae Range, Honolulu

What to Bring: Water, Shoes with Good Grip, Snack, Long Sleeves/Pants, Sunscreen

An awesome hike located in the center of Oahu on the Schofield Barrac...

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As the name indicates, these hikes take place in the central part of Oahu, in the Aiea, Pearl City, and Wahiawa area. There are a wide variety of hike types in these locations.. Depending on the hike, you could be tackling an intense ridge on on either the Waianae Range or the Ko'olau Range. Or you could be strolling to a beautiful waterfall in one of Oahu's many valleys.