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My name is Steve and I moved to Oahu in April of 2016, a time when my life was not in a good place. Then I discovered the wonders of hiking on Oahu and Hawaii and the incredible joy and beauty that comes with it. This is what inspired me...

 

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Mini Hikes

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 mass...

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. T...

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...

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 R...

July 4, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS

Distance: 1.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH (lower at Upper Falls)

Challenges: Potentially muddy, Stream Crossings

Sights: The Falls!

What to Bring: Swimsuit and towel

A popular first stop on Maui's Road to Hana, this hike is a great taste of what is likely to be a day full of beautiful scenery and waterfalls. This location has a lot of little treats, including multiple swimmi...

May 23, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: ~1 HOUR

Distance: 0.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 100 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Parking, Slippery and Uneven footing, Dangerous Surf

Sights: Tidepools, Turtles

What to Bring: Shoes with good grip, Swimsuit and towel

If you find yourself in the northern part of Kaua'i, a trek to Queen's Bath is a must do. Getting to the "bath" requires a short hike from a Princeville neighborhood to the coastline, but wat...

May 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2.4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 450 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Some muddy and slippery scrambles, Uneven Footing, Socked in Views

Sights: Napali Coast!

What to Bring: Water

Located at the end of Koke'e State Park, this short trail leads you to the Pihea Overlook, the highest rimpoint in the Kalalau Valley, which gives you some magnificent Napali Coast Views... if you aren'...

May 5, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: ~600 Feet

Foot Traffic: LOW (HIGH on Manoa Trail)

Challenges: Muddy and slippery, Climbing up tree routes, Crowds

Sights: Lower and Upper Falls, Honolulu

What to Bring: Swimsuit

An alternate adventure from the touristy Manoa Falls Trail, this hike takes you to the secluded upper portion of Manoa Falls. Getting up there has it challenges, as you will ha...

January 21, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: <1 HOUR

Distance: 0.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 80 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy and somewhat steep descent

Sights: Wailua Falls!!!

What to Bring: Swimsuit, Towel, Camera

Wailua Falls is an iconic landmark of the island of Kaua'i-- a gorgeous triple flow waterfall, located in an easily accessible part of the island. The real magic of these falls, however, come when you hike to its ba...

September 3, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: NEGLIGIBLE

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Uneven footing and sharp rock

Sights: Blowholes, Kaho'olawe, Pu'u Pehe

What to Bring: Closed toed shoes, Water

A short coastal trail located on the southern part of Lana'i, this easy hike is a great way to get the blood flowing while taking in a little bit of history. As you walk along this rocky trail you will pass what r...

September 2, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: <1 HOUR

Distance: ~1 MILE

Elevation Gain: 50 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Some uneven footing

Sights: Sweetheart Rock, Hulopo'e Beach, Maui, Kaho'olawe

What to Bring: Nothing necessary

The iconic landmark of Lana'i, Pu'u Pehe AKA "Sweetheart Rock" is a short little hike with absolutely stunning views. It's a quick stroll from Hulopo'e Beach and the Four Seasons Hotel, doable in even slippers. The...

March 3, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS from Golf Course

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Wet and slippery road, Wet rock scrambling and stream crossing

Sighs: Twin Pali Falls, Windward Side, Old Pali Road, Likeke Falls

What to Bring: Water, Towel, Slippers to Change into, Rain Jacket (likely)

Only visible after heavy rain, getting to this double waterfall requires a quick hike along Old P...

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 loc...

August 4, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1 HOUR

Distance: <1 MILE

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Some steep climbs, Narrow ridges, Finding the Puka, Muddy if it's been raining

Sights: The Puka!!!, Three Peaks, K-Bay, Kailua, Kaneohe

What to Bring: Water (optional)

This awesome hike near the popular Pali Lookout offers the thrill and beauty of Hawaii ridge hiking in a short little hike. You will be required...

June 25, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1 to 2 HOURS

Distance ~1 MILE

Elevation Gain: 400 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Steep slopes with loose dirt

Sights: Kahana Bay and Valley, Ko'olau Mountain Range, Ka'a'awa

What to Bring: Shoes with decent grip

A very short hike located in the more northern part of the windward side of Oahu. You gain elevation quickly as you climb through the trees, but soon, the trees will open up and you...

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The shortest hikes you will find on the island. These hikes can be completed in (roughly) 1.5 hours or less. These are great spontaneous hikes if you happen to be near them or great if you want to say you went hiking that day.