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December 25, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 5,.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Some narrow and steep sections with dropoffs, Potentially muddy

Sights: Windward and Leeward Side, Koko Crater, Honolulu

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

Located near Honolulu, this trek is best completed as a loop, connecting the Kulepeamoa Ridge to Hawaii Loa Ridge via the Ko'olau Summit Trail. T...

December 22, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: ~4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 Feet

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Very Slippery, Muddy, Finding path into valley, River Crossings,

Sights: Kalauao Falls, Waianae Range

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

Only visible after a heavy rain, this waterfall can be reached with a muddy and slippery hike that stems from the popular Aiea Loop Trail. It is not an easy journey, as you will be required to...

December 15, 2019

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 6-8 HOURS

Distance: ~8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Very Overgrown, River Crossings, Steep Scrambles on Narrow and Grassy Ridges

Sights: Kualoa Ranch, Kahana Valley, Windward Coastline

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Snack/Lunch, Long Sleeves/Pants, Gloves

One of Oahu's few standalone peaks, summiting the pyramid shaped Pu'u Ohulehule is no easy task. It requires multiple river crossings and bushwac...

December 7, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: <1 HOUR

Distance: 0.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 250 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Short steep climb with loose rock

Sights: The Arch, Halona Blowhole, Cockroach Cove

What to Bring: Closed Toed Shoes

This quick hike gives you a different perspective of the popular tourist destination, Koko Crater. A short, but steep trek from the nearby Halona Blowhole will allow you to see this magnificent natural rock arch, giving you so...

November 30, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 6+ HOURS

Distance: 9 MILES

Elevation: 2500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Narrow ridges with sharp dropoffs, Steep scrambles, Often muddy and slippery

Sights: Haiku Stairs, Windward Side, Moanalua Valley

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

Often called "Middle Ridge" or "Backside to Stairway," this increasingly popular trail is the primary alternate route to the infamous and controversial Ha...

November 30, 2019

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 1 MILE (to Chimney)

Elevation Gain: 800 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Steep incline with loose rocks, Narrow ridges with steep dropoffs, Dangerous free climbing

Sights: Windward Side, K-bay, Three Peaks, Pali Lookout, Ko'olaus

What to Bring: Shoes with Good Grip, Courage

Dangerously beautiful, this notorious hike has a lot to offer in such a short, action packed adventure. Beginning from the popular Pal...

November 12, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: ~1 HOUR

Distance: 2.2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless 

Sights: Pu'u Pua'i Cinder Cone, Mauna Loa/Kea, Halema'uma'u Crater, Kilauea Caldera

What to Bring: Sunscreen

Located in Volcanoes National Park, these short trails give you a glimpse of the powerful effects of a volcano, both past and present. The Devastation Trail takes you through the remnants of the massive 1959 eruption, where...

November 11, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Shadeless Crater, Some uneven footing, Hot steam and rocks, Limited Parking at main trailhead

Sights: Kilauea Iki Crater, Mauna Loa, Kilauea Caldera, Steam Vents

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water (>1L), Hiking Shoes

One of the most popular day hikes in Volcanoes National Park (VNP), Kilauea Iki takes you through a lush rainforest and a volcanic...

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