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September 30, 2017


Time: 5-7 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Uneven Footing, Steep and slippery ascents/descents, Some narrow ridges

Sights: 3 Waterfalls, Ka'au Crater, Honolulu, Diamond Head, Windward Side

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

With waterfalls, a crater, and ridge hiking, the Ka'au Crater Loop is one of the most diverse and beautiful hikes on all...

September 29, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy

Sights: Bamboo Forest, Tantalus Lookout

What to Bring: Water 

The Mauka Trail System is the best maintained and the only true series of interconnected trails on the island of Oahu. It's trails take you around the Tantalus/Roundtop area, Manoa, and towards the Pali. This post covers the Moleka to Ualaka'a Trail located in Tantalus....

August 27, 2017


Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 6 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1600 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Steep Inclines, Overgrown

Sights: Honolulu, Diamond Head, Pali Highway, K-Bay

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

A long and diverse hike, the Kalawahine Trail begins in Mount Tantalus, where you will hike along a maintained trail and through a beautiful bamboo forest to reach the rid...

June 18, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1.5-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Muddy, River Crossings, Fallen Trees

Sights: Lulumahu Falls, Nu'uanu Reservoir, Ko'olau Mountain Range

What to Bring: Shoes you can get muddy, Water

This short and popular waterfall hike is located in the center of the island, just off the Pali Highway. The first leg of the hike takes you through a beautiful bamboo forest before you arrive at...

May 7, 2017


Time: 4-5 HOURS

Distance: 4.5-5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Steep climbs with loose dirt, Narrow ridges with steep dropoffs, Rock scrambling, Overgrown

Sights: The Mokes, K-Bay, Three Peaks, Koko Head, Diamond Head, Honolulu

What to Bring: Good Amount of Water, Snack, Sunscreen, Long Sleeves/Pants, Shoes with good grip

This challenging ridge hike takes you to one of the prominent peaks o...

May 5, 2017


Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1100 FEET 

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Shadeless, Steep descents with loose and sharp rock, Finding the Rock Bridge

Sights: Hanauma Bay, Koko Head Crater, Rock Bridge, Honolulu

What to Bring: Decent Shoes, Sunscreen, Water

Not to be confused with the Koko Crater Trail(home to the Stairmaster from Hell), this hike begins on the ocean side of the Kalanianaole Highway. It is ofte...

March 30, 2017


Time: 0.5-2 HOURS

Distance: 1.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1000 FEET

Foot Traffic: VERY HIGH

Challenges: Unshaded, Steep Incline, Tough Footing

Sights: Koko Crater, Makapu'u, Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, Ko'olau Range, Maui/Lanai/Molokai

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water

The famous and very popular Koko Head Stairs is not a hike, it's a workout! 1048 stairs, 3/4 of a mile and 1000 feet of elevation change are what it takes to summit t...

February 4, 2017


Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Narrow ridges, step uphills, muddy, exposed ridge 

Sights: Honolulu, Diamond Head, Ka'au Crater, K-Bay, The Mokes, Three Peaks, K1/K2, Mount Ka'ala

Stuff to Bring: Water, Snacks, Shoes with good grip, Sunscreen

This intermediate hike near Honolulu offers some exciting ridge hiking as well as some awesome views. The trail has some techni...

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