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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 point, known as Pyramid...

July 15, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: MUDDY, Stream Crossing

Sights: Honolulu, Nuuanu Lookout, Bamboo Forest, Jackass Ginger Pool

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Shoes to get muddy, Swimsuit and Towel

This slippery hike takes you through the Mauka Trail System, a series of interconnected trails located in the ridges and valleys near Honolulu. You begin along the Judd Trai...

July 5, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Some Steep Ascents, Uneven Footing

Sights: Koko Head, Diamond Head, Honolulu, The Mokes

What to Bring: Water, Snack

The final piece of what I call the "Triple Crown of Hawaii Kai Ridge Hiking," Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail is a great intermediate level ridge hike, perfect for those looking for a physical challenge, but with only minor technical o...

June 22, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 5-6 HOURS

Distance: 9 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Stream Crossings, Muddy, Steep(ish) Ascent

Sights: Moanalua Valley, H3 Highway, Windward Side, Waterfall (if raining)

What to Bring: Water, Lunch, Shoes with Good Grip

Sometimes called the Kamananui or Moanalua Valley hike, this combination valley/ridge hike is a great way to experience a pleasant walk in the woods, while also getting some a...

March 26, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Some narrow ridges, Steep uphills, Minor rock scrambling

Sights: Honolulu, Diamond Head, Ka'au Crater, Windward Side

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

This is one of two popular routes to reach the Ko'olau peak of Awaawaloa, more commonly called Mount Olympus. The hike involves some minor rock scrambling, narrow ri...

February 20, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Steep and slippery descent into valley, Stream Crossings, Wet and Muddy

Sights: Waterfall

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

A great hike after a heavy rainfall, this secluded waterfall hike is located in the lush Manoa Valley Rainforest near Honolulu. After descending into Manoa Valley via the Pu'u Pia trail, you will...

February 16, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2.5-4 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Getting Parking Pass, Potentially Muddy and Slippery

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

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Shoes with good grip, Sunscreen, Snack

Another beautiful Hawaii Kai ridge hike, this trail takes you from a gorgeous, luxury neighborhood all the way to the Ko'olau Summit Trail (KST), giving you views o...

January 15, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time:  3-4 HOURS

Distance: 4.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1400 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Some steep uphills, Potentially muddy ridges

Sights: Windward Side, Honolulu, Diamond Head

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

This Hawaii Kai hike is a great intro ridge hike that offers many upsides of Hawaii ridge hiking without the risks (narrow trails, difficult and slippery ascents). The hike begins along a dirt...

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