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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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Short(ish) Hikes

July 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Traffic Density: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, Some Narrow Ridges

Sights: Pillboxes, Waianae Range, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Water, Sunscreen

This short and sweet hike in Waianae is a great way to experience the beauties of the west side of Oahu without straining yourself too much. You follow a series of switchbacks until you reach a smal...

July 5, 2019

A popular stop along the Road to Hana, Waiʻānapanapa State Park is famous for its beautiful natural scenery, particularly the famous Honokalani Black Sand Beach. But there is a lot more to this place than a quick photo op. Whether it is staring through a natural sea arch, exploring caves, feeling the power of a blowhole, meandering along a volcanic coastal trail or camping underneath the stars, Waiʻānapanapa is sure to give ev...

May 25, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS (Hiking time)

Distance: 3.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1300 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, All Uphill Return, Carrying Dive Gear

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Hiking Shoes, Sunscreen, Snack, Swimsuit, Towel, Snorkel Gear

Sights: Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Fishies, Spinner Dolphins

A hike with some historical significance, this trail takes you from up on the Big Island...

May 20, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Could be muddy

Sights: Mountains, trees, valleys oh my!

What to Bring: Water

Located near Kapa'a, the Kuilau Ridge Trail is a nice gradual ridge that ends at a beautiful lookout overlooking the surrounding valley, Mount Wai'ale'ale, and the Makaleha Mountain Range. Throughout your journey, you will be surrounded by lush g...

May 20, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: A few minor scrambles, Can be muddy

Sights: Coastline, Makaleha Mountains

What to Bring: Water

A conveniently located hike in eastern Kaua'i, the hike up to the Sleeping Giant Summit gives you a lot of bang for your buck-- a fun, relatively easy hike with fantastic views. There are three ways to reach the sum...

January 21, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET 

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Some steep and potentially slippery descents, Mostly shadeless

Sights: Waimea Canyon

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Sunscreen

Located on the island of Kaua'i, the Kukui Trail allows you to experience the full grandeur of the "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," taking you from the top of Waimea Canyon all the way to the...

January 20, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Likely muddy, Some overgrown sections

Views: Na Pali Coast, Ni'ihau

What to Bring: Snack, Water

Honopu Ridge is a stunning hike located on the island of Kauai in Koke'e State Park. This hike may not seem like much initially as you slowly descend the ridge towards the ocean, making your way through the trees and mud, but...

December 31, 2018

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS

Distance: 1 MILE

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Challenges: Muddy, Slippery Rocks, Waterfall Climb, Stream Crossings

Sights: Makaua Falls

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Towel

Visible only after heavy rains, Makaua Falls is a tall waterfall located on the eastern shore of Oahu, near the town Kaaawa. It's a short trek into the valley, but it has plenty of fun and challenging obstacles. You will...

November 24, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 600 FEET 

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Overgrown, Parking

Sights: Kapaa Quarry, K-Bay, Windward Side, Ko'olau Range

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Long Pants/Sleeves

A relatively unknown trail located in Kaneohe, this short ridge hike gives you a unique perspective of the windward side, including the beautiful K-Bay and the Ko'olau Mountain Range. Follow...

November 5, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Potentially muddy

Sights: Honolulu, Kalihi Saddle

What to Bring: Water

An easily accessible hike near Honolulu, this ungraded ridge takes you along a shaded path deep into Kalihi valley. On the way you will get great views of Kalihi Valley, Honolulu and the Ko'olau Range. The hike ends at a flat grassy patch givi...

September 4, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 1.5 MILES to YOGN-42

Elevation Gain: NEGLIGBLE

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Getting to trailhead, Shadeless, Some sharp rock

Sights: Shipwreck, Maui, Moloka'i

What to Bring: 4WD Vehicle, Water, Sunscreen, Closed Toed Shoes, Swimsuit and Towel

This coastal walk on the northern coast of Lana'i offers history, beauty, and seclusion all in one short hike. You will need a 4WD to reach this hi...

September 2, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: ~200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Potentially muddy

Sights: Maunalei Valley, Maui, Molokai

What to Bring: Water, Hiking Shoes

An ridge trail on the island of Lana'i, this hike offers spectacular views with relatively little effort. The hike begins along the Munro trail before heading up Koloiki Ridge. The majority of the trail takes place in the trees until y...

August 27, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Getting Lost, Stream Crossing, Uneven Footing

Sights: Waterfalls!!

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Towel, Rain Jacket, Water

A secluded hike off the Pali Highway, the waterfalls of Mo'ole Valley are only visible after heavy rains. It's a sloppy and muddy mess trekking through the forest to reach these na...

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 on...

March 25, 2018

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 2.5 MILES 

Elevation Gain: 1100 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Easy to get lost, Muddy and Slippery, Overgrown

Sights: The Falls, Cave

What to Bring: Smartphone with AllTrails App!!! Shoes with good grip, Water, Flashlight

Only visible after heavy rains, this twin waterfall near the Pali Lookout is a hidden gem. It requires a muddy trek through the forest where it is quit...

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While these hikes don't take long, they are long enough (roughly 1.5-3.5 hours) that you will likely have to schedule them into your day. Start these hikes early enough and you can still make your late morning Brunch date or make these a mid-week post work hike... if you get off at a reasonable time of course.