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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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North Shore Hikes

August 5, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS (4-5 with Pupukea Lookout)

Distance: 6 MILES for Kaunala, 9 MILES w/Pupukea

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET Kaunala, 900 FEET Pupukea

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Overgrown on Pupukea

Sights: North Shore, Windward Coast

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

This hike combines two trails on the North Shore, the Kaunala Loop Trail and the Pupukea Summit Trail. The Kaunala Loop...

February 11, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS

Distance: 1.6 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Potentially Muddy, Finding Parking

Sights: Pillbox, Sunset Beach, North Shore

A beautiful hike near Pupukea, this trail is great for anyone who finds themselves on the North Shore and is looking for a quick hike to conquer. The well marked trail takes you up and along the ridgeline before concluding at a pillbox, pai...

September 17, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 4-5 HOURS

Distance: 6-7 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1800 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Trail can be muddy, Many forks on way to Lookout

Sights: North Shore, Makua Valley

This out and back hike offers some amazing views of the North Shore as well as the West Side of Oahu. The hike begins at Dillingham Airport where you follow a series of switchbacks up the mountain, while taking in the views...

June 23, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER (INTERMEDIATE w/Pillbox)

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 5-6 MILES

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET with Pillbox

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, Steep and rocky climb to pillbox

Sights: Rock Arch, Bird Sanctuary, Blowhole, Pillbox

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water, Snack

Sometimes it feels more like a scenic stroll than a hike, but what Kaena Point lacks in difficulty it makes up for in beauty. There's a lot to see...

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The North Shore, the most secluded location on the island of Oahu, but often the most satisfying. While there are not as many hikes out here, the hikes that do exist vary significantly. There are coastal hikes, waterfall hikes, and ridge hikes and the hikes can take place in either mountain range on the island (Waianae and Ko'olau). A much overlooked hiking location on Oahu, but stunning nonetheless.