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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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The Hiking HI

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July 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Traffic Density: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, Some Narrow Ridges

Sights: Pillboxes, Waianae Range, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Water, Sunscreen

This short and sweet hike in Waianae is a great way to experience the beauties of the west side of Oahu without straining yourself too much. You follow a series of switchbacks until you reach a small ridge that runs parallel to the coast. Fro...

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 everyone something to enjoy if they are willin...

May 25, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS (Hiking time)

Distance: 3.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1300 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, All Uphill Return, Carrying Dive Gear

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Hiking Shoes, Sunscreen, Snack, Swimsuit, Towel, Snorkel Gear

Sights: Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Fishies, Spinner Dolphins

A hike with some historical significance, this trail takes you from up on the Big Island's southwestern cliffs down to sea level to...

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 green foliage and massive trees, coupled with...

May 20, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: A few minor scrambles, Can be muddy

Sights: Coastline, Makaleha Mountains

What to Bring: Water

A conveniently located hike in eastern Kaua'i, the hike up to the Sleeping Giant Summit gives you a lot of bang for your buck-- a fun, relatively easy hike with fantastic views. There are three ways to reach the summit-- Nounou East, Nounou West, and the Kuam...

January 21, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET 

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Some steep and potentially slippery descents, Mostly shadeless

Sights: Waimea Canyon

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Sunscreen

Located on the island of Kaua'i, the Kukui Trail allows you to experience the full grandeur of the "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," taking you from the top of Waimea Canyon all the way to the valley floor. That trek winds along a steep...

January 20, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Likely muddy, Some overgrown sections

Views: Na Pali Coast, Ni'ihau

What to Bring: Snack, Water

Honopu Ridge is a stunning hike located on the island of Kauai in Koke'e State Park. This hike may not seem like much initially as you slowly descend the ridge towards the ocean, making your way through the trees and mud, but the end is where this hike shines. You will...

December 31, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS

Distance: 1 MILE

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Challenges: Muddy, Slippery Rocks, Waterfall Climb, Stream Crossings

Sights: Makaua Falls

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Towel

Visible only after heavy rains, Makaua Falls is a tall waterfall located on the eastern shore of Oahu, near the town Kaaawa. It's a short trek into the valley, but it has plenty of fun and challenging obstacles. You will hop rocks, slip through mud, and even climb...

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