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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 massive and lush Koa tre...

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 pa...

July 9, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES (Full Loop)

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE (VERY HIGH near Blowhole)

Challenges: Sharp rock and uneven footing, Dangerous surf

Sights: Tidepools, Blowhole, Heart Shaped Rock

What to Bring: Closed toed shoes, Sunscreen, Water

This short, rocky coastal trail will give you a true appreciation of the seemingly random spectacles mother nature can create. The hike starts with...

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, a clear view of ce...

July 7, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 650 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Muddy, Falling rocks around waterfall, Stream crossing

Sights: Bamboo Forest, Waimoku Falls

What to Bring: Water, Snack

Part of the Kipahulu district of Haleakala Park, this trail is often the final stop for many exploring Hana Highway. Despite the long drive to reach this place, it is worth the visit. The trail takes you past a bea...

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 to this tucked away...

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...

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 Road to Hana, I thoug...

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