Hiking on Oahu

Oahu has many great hikes to offer for every type of hiker. There are easy, flat hikes along various beaches and bays, jungle treks through large plants to hidden waterfalls, and steep climbs up the sides of volcanic craters or ridges with views of the entire island. While not especially technical, the Diamond Head Summit Trail is one of the more popular trails on the island for its proximity to Honolulu and its views of Waikiki. The Makupu'u lighthouse trail also offers amazing views of Waimanalo bay towards kailua.

Hike the trail to Manoa Falls will lead you past areas where they filmed Jurassic Park and Lost, ending at a stunning waterfall. For a real challenge (and an adrenaline rush) consider hiking/climbing up the Olomana Trail where you will have spectacular 360-degree views.
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Oahu's Olomana Trail
Oahu's Olomana Trail
Kailua, Hawaii, United States
 
Difficult: 2.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Steep, narrow and sometimes frightening, the Olomana Hike offers great views of Kailua, the mountains and the ocean

The Olomana Hike is one of the top hikes in Oahu if you are looking for a challenging hike with unbelievable views. It is only about 1.5 miles to the first peak (there are three in total), but there is more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain and some parts have dropoffs on both sides of the trail. Ropes have been added in a few places to prevent you...
Oahu's Diamond Head Summit Trail
Oahu's Diamond Head Summit Trail
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
 
Moderate: 1.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Peak offers panoramic views of Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

The Diamond Head Summit trail hike is likely the most popular hike in Oahu, and for good reason. While fairly steep, this moderate 1.5-mile round-trip hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcano crater and climbs about 560 feet up the side to the top of the rim. The Diamond Head crater is more than 3,500 feet in diameter and is part of...
Manana Trail
Manana Trail
Pearl City, Hawaii, United States
4.0 mile trail near Pearl City, Hawaii

Manana Trail (4 mi) is about 4.0 miles long and located near Pearl City, Hawaii. The trail is great for trail running and normally takes 1-3 hours. Just the lower 2 miles of the Manana Trail, this route goes out to the picnic table / camping site, and the trail is in great shape.  Good for walking, good for running.
Ma`akua Ridge Trail (Papali Trail)
Ma`akua Ridge Trail (Papali Trail)
Hau‘ula, Hawaii, United States
2.9 mile trail near Hau‘ula, Hawaii

Ma`akua Ridge Trail (Papali Trail) is about 2.9 miles long and located near Hau‘ula, Hawaii. The trail is great for trail running and normally takes 1-3 hours. At less than three miles, it's a nice  distance, and with lots of shade, it's a good one to do any time, any season.  This one can be a bit moister than the Hau`ula Loop Trail.
Hau`ula Loop Trail
Hau`ula Loop Trail
Hau‘ula, Hawaii, United States
2.6 mile trail near Hau‘ula, Hawaii

Hau`ula Loop Trail is about 2.6 miles long and located near Hau‘ula, Hawaii. The trail is great for hiking or trail running and normally takes around an hour. This trail isprobably the lesser used Na Ala Hele trails, and with lots of shade, it's a good one to do any time, any season. 
Hike to Oahu's Manoa Falls
Hike to Oahu's Manoa Falls
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
 
Easy: 0.9 miles, 1 hour or less
A short hike to the base of Manoa Falls, passing through movie scene locations from Jurassic Park and Lost

This short hike will take you to 100ft Manoa Falls. The trail can be quite muddy, so make sure to wear proper shoes (you will be sorry if you wear flip flops, because your toes will easily slip around once they get muddy. Several scenes from the TV show LOST were filmed here, as was parts of Jurassic Park (you can see posters in the building with...
Maunawili Falls Trail
Maunawili Falls Trail
Kailua, Hawaii, United States
 
Moderate: 3.2 miles, 1-3 hours
A nice hike through the jungle to great view of Kailua, Maunawilli Falls, and a swimming hole

The Maunawilli Falls Trail is a great hike in Kailua along the river that eventually stops at a beautiful waterfall with a great swimming hole below. Many people like to jump from the waterfall into the pool below, and some with a bit more courage even climb higher to the side of the waterfall to jump further (try at your own risk). The trail is...
Wa'ahila Ridge Trail
Wa'ahila Ridge Trail
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
 
Moderate: 1.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Lower Ridge to the start of Mt.Olympus

To get to this hike drive to the top of St.Louis Heights and park in the Wa'ahila state park at the top. Park hours are 7am-745pm. The hike starts off pretty simple on a wide path the just keeps going up. You soon get to a junction where you go left and from then on the hike starts going up and down over the ridges. There are some rocky sections that...
Kapiolani Park, Diamond Head and Kapahulu
Kapiolani Park, Diamond Head and Kapahulu
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
 
Moderate: 7.2 miles, Half day
Hiking, shopping and eating in paradise

Long before Waikiki became a tourism mecca, an adjacent 300-acre tract of land at the base of Diamond Head was set aside for a public park because it wasn't considered suitable for anything else. Since it was one of the few places on Oahu where rain almost never fell, Hawaii’s King Kalakaua designated Kapiolani Park as home to a permanent horseracing...
LP/OP 14 to Kealia Trail / Dillingham Airfield
LP/OP 14 to Kealia Trail / Dillingham Airfield
Waialua, Hawaii, United States
 
From an overlook of Mākua Valley Military Testing Area, back down the Kealia trail to Dllingham Airfield.

This track is from LP/OP 14 (overlooking the Mākua Valley Military Testing Area) to the Kealia Trail and back down to Dillingham Airfield. The pash is about 4.6 miles long each way, or about 9.25 miles round trip. The trail is begins and ends on the NW corner of Oahu, and is accessible from the North Shore of the island. The trail is great for trail...
Wiliwilinui
Wiliwilinui
Wailupe, Hawaii, United States
 
Moderate: 4.8 miles, Half day
4.8 mile trail near Wailupe, Hawaii

Wiliwilinui is about 4.8 miles long and located near Wailupe, Hawaii. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day.
Kuli`ou`ou Ridge Trail
Kuli`ou`ou Ridge Trail
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
 
6.0 mile trail near Honolulu, Hawaii

The Kuli`ou`ou Ridge Trail is a 2.25 mile trail that rises almost 1800 feet, before peaking on the spine of the Ko`olau Ridge.  It’s a great hike and a tough run, for it is steep, but it is very run-able and offers a great reward in the form of spectacular views.  The locals say that you’re suppose to run to the top, come back down to the picnic...
Koko Head Crater Trail
Koko Head Crater Trail
Koko Head Park, Hawaii, United States
 
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1-3 hours
A steep climb to the top of Koko Head Crater with spectacular views in every direction

Koko Head Trail is one of those trails where you ask yourself, "Why am I doing this again?" I am not sure of the numbers of steps it takes to get up to the top but it's a lot. For the most part, the trail can be crowded later in the morning so it's best to go early. The people there range from the very fit to the "Sherpa Grandma/Grandpa." I saw...
Oahu's Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail
Oahu's Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
A gradual climb to see a magnificent lighthouse and migrating whales

This hike in the Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline offers great views of the eastern shore as well as views all the way to Moloka'i and Lana'i on a clear day. If you are here between November and May you may be lucky enough to see humpback whales migrating between Oahu and Moloka'i and Lana'i. Look out for water spouts in the distance. This entire...
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Stairway to Heaven, Hawai'i
by fernandoeverytrail on Jul 30, 2009
Pū‘ōhala Village, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 2.8 miles
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - John, Seg, & FernNearly 2800 feet (850m) & about 3,922 steps, now its your turn ...Stairway to Heaven (Haiku Stairs) is an amazing trail that leads to the top of the Koolau Mountain Range. Originally built for the U.S. Coast Guard, the trail consists of a metal stairway that was made to access the LORAN radio antenna and the now out of commission OMEGA Station. It fell into disrepair and was closed to...
H-3 (Hālawa Hills, Hawaii, United States) Photo
Aiea Loop Trail
by drnkonrum on Jul 25, 2009
Hālawa Hills, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 4.4 miles
Olomana Photo
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View from the top of Olomana Photo
Top of Olomana Photo
Hiking the Olomana Trail
by chris on Feb 17, 2010
Maunawili, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 2.5 miles
We got a tip from our teammate that this was his favorite hike, and and although it was difficult to find (park before the bridge that leads to the golf course), we eventually found the trail head.The man at the gate was extremely helpful despite challenging us by telling us marines finish the entire thing in about 90 minutes (and Recons in 45). We were also warned that some boars had recently...
Trailhead Photo
Vista Before the Hike Photo
Up the Root to Waimano Pool Photo
Down the Roots Photo
Waimano Pool
by chris_bruno on Jan 08, 2011
Pearl City, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 1.8 miles
This trail is a break off from the Manana trail, which offers you the choice of either the ridge or the waterfall.We set out at around 9am and it wasn't to hot.  You can't park in the roundabout before the trail so you have to park on the street.  The trail starts off with power lines and open vistas of the surrounding valleys.  It's paved in the beginning and can be slightly misleading on...
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Wakelele Falls
by csa813 on Dec 28, 2010
Laie, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 3.1 miles
cul-de-sac end of Komo Mai Drive Photo
right side of the gate is the opening Photo
utility poles on the right Photo
dirt road turns asphalt here Photo
Waimano Pool and Waterfall via Mānana Trail
by leeward.panda on Sep 02, 2012
Pacific Palisades, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 1.6 miles
Difficulty: subjective - I don't understand why, but people do bring their little kids here. I've seen so many people slip and fall. I have a fitting name for this hike, and it's called the "Garden of Eden" Trail. Like the story once your in it is easy. Then you take the bait, the beautiful waterfall and pool, like the forbidden fruit. Finally, the tiring punishment up the so called "Cardiac Hill" to...