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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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Half-Day Hikes

August 12, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1900 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Steep Scrambles, Possible Mud

Sights: Windward Side, Honolulu, Diamond Head

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Snack, Sunscreen, Long Pants

A lesser known hike near Honolulu, Manoa Middle is a classic ungraded Oahu ridge. A physically demanding trail coupled with steep scrambles and narrow ridges are the...

July 8, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3 HOURS (One way)

Distance: 5 MILES (Point to Point)

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Shadeless, Some uneven footing

Sights: Maui Coastline

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Hat, Water, Snack

Located in central Maui, this point to point hike allows you to traverse the lower portion of the West Maui Mountains. Along the way you will get a great vantage point of the exterior Haleakala Crater...

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...

March 16, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 4-5 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Mostly Shadeless, Steep Climbs

Sights: Honolulu, Windward Side, Koko Head

What to Bring: Water (>1.5L), Sunscreen, Snack

A alternative to the popular Kuli'ou'ou Ridge, this route offers all the same beauty, without all the crowds. Hike up Western Kuli'ou'ou Ridge on your way to the Ko'olau Summit T...

January 7, 2019

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 5-6 HOURS

Distance: 5.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1900 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Overgrown, Potentially Muddy, Rock Scrambling and Free Climbing 

What to Bring: Water, Snack/Lunch, Long Pants

Sights: Windward Side, Makaua Falls, Kahana Valley

A fun and challenging hike on the windward side of Oahu, Kahekili Ridge has a little bit of everything. Challenging climbs and scrambles, narrow rid...

November 19, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 9 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Logistics, Muddy, Lengthy, Overgrown

Sights: Windward Side, Ko'olau Range, Waterfalls

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack, Shoes to get Muddy

Not to be confused with the Maunawili Falls Trail, this hike is a point to point hike that starts off the Pali Highway and contours along the base of the Ko'olau Mountain Rang...

November 12, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 5-6 HOURS

Distance: 7 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Some muddy spots

Sights: Honolulu, Diamond Head, Windward Side

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snacks, Long pants

A rollercoaster of a hike, this ridge takes you from a neighborhood near Honolulu all the way to the Ko'olau Summit Trail (KST). It requires a lot of up and down, bushwacking, and some considerable elev...

October 6, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 5.2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Muddy, Some Narrow Ridges

Sights: Diamond Head, Honolulu, Koko Head, Windward Side

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Sunscreen, Long Pants

This ridge, located near Honolulu, is a moderate loop hike that connects two ridges of the Ko'olau Mountain Range. You begin on the unmaintained Wailupe Ridge, where you will g...

August 6, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Rock scrambling, Steep ascent, Some muddy spots, Somewhat Overgrown, A few narrow ridges

Sights: Koko Head, Leeward/Windward Side, Diamond Head

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack, Long Pants (Nice to have)

A short scenic ridge hike located in Hawaii Kai. This hike takes you up a steep spur ridge to a beautiful lookout poin...

August 5, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS (4-5 with Pupukea Lookout)

Distance: 6 MILES for Kaunala, 9 MILES w/Pupukea

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET Kaunala, 900 FEET Pupukea

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Overgrown on Pupukea

Sights: North Shore, Windward Coast

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Shoes to get Muddy

This hike combines two trails on the North Shore, the Kaunala Loop Trail and the Pupukea Summit Trail. The Kaunala Loop...

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These are the perfect duration hikes because they give you a lot of flexibility with your day. If you start them early enough, you can finish  in the early afternoon, giving you enough time to lounge at the beach or maybe make Happy Hour. Conversely, if you need to sleep in (maybe from too much Happy Hour), you can begin these hikes in the late morning without flirting with the possibility of hiking in the dark.