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March 26, 2017


Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 2.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1600 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Exposed Ridge, Some Steep climbs with loose rock, Narrow ridges

Sights: Hawaiian Pyramid, Waianae, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water, Long Pants (optional)

This out and back hike on an exposed ridge feels a lot like a leg workout. It is hot, the uphill is relatively steep, and some of the trail has slippery and loose rock. Howev...

March 13, 2017

I had never done a scuba dive over on the West Side of Oahu, so when Aaron's Dive Shop sent out an email promoting the Mahi Shipwreck and Makaha Caverns dive charter, I signed up immediately. It was a great decision. 

We left from the Waianae Boat Harbor to head to our first dive site, the Mahi Shipwreck. So far all the dives I've done on Oahu have been near Honolulu or Hawaii Kai, with very short boat rides (15 mins). This one took a little longe...

March 12, 2017

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 4-5 HOURS

Distance: 4.5 MILES 

Elevation Gain: 1650 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Rock scramble, Free climbing, Steep and narrow ridges

Sights: The Peaks, The Mokes, K-Bay, Ko'olaus, Makapu'u

What to Bring: Water, Sunscreen, Snack, Shoes with good grip

Despite its popularity, Three Peaks is one of the more challenging and dangerous hikes on the island (assuming you go to all three peaks). It's a long slow hike up the Firs...

February 26, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER (Intermediate with Tide pools)

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES (3 MILES if go to lighthouse and tidepools)

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: VERY HIGH

Challenges: Shadeless, Steep climb with loose rock to tidepools

Sights: Lighthouse, Pillbox, Tidepools, Blowhole, Waimanalo Coast, Koko Crater, Maui, Lanai, Molokai

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water, Decent shoes if going to tidepools

This hike, located on the southern tip of Oahu...

February 21, 2017


Time 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1000 FEET

Traffic Density: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy in some parts, Some steep downhills with loose dirt

Sights: Waimea Canyon, Waipoo Falls

What to Bring: Water, Sunscreen, Light Snack

An awesome way to experience Waimea Canyon, this loop hike is a pleasant downhill walk along a forested trail before reaching the Canyon Trail, a ridge trail that runs along the beautiful canyon....

February 20, 2017


Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 6 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy if it's rained, Entirely uphill return trip

Sights: Napali Coast, Awa'awapuhi and Nualolo Valley

What to Bring: Water, Light Snack

This out and back hike may be an easy trail technically, but physically it can be quite challenging. The hike goes gradually downhill for 3 miles primarily through the trees (but with some scenic outlo...

February 19, 2017

Difficulty: ADVANCED


Distance: 10 MILES LATERAL (from Kuilau Ridge Trailhead)

Elevation Gain: UNKNOWN

Foot Traffic: VERY LOW

Challenges: Unmarked trail, River crossings/rock hopping, High flash flood potential, Overgrown, Muddy, Some steep climbs

Sights: Gate to Jurassic Park, Guardian Falls, The Weeping Wall (if you find it)

What to Bring: Full day of food, Lots of water, Sunscreen, Shoes you can get wet, Guide/Someone who knows where to...

February 19, 2017


Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1000 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy if it's been raining, minor climbing to get to "Head", Narrow ridges at summit

Sights: Wailua, Neighboring ranges, Pacific Ocean

What to bring: Water, Sunscreen

This short, yet rewarding hike takes you from the Nounou East Trail in Wailua, Kauai to the "head" of the Sleeping Giant summit. It's a well maintained trail with...

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