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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
Stairway to Heaven, Hawai'i
Pū‘ōhala Village, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 2.8 miles
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...
Pearl City, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 1.8 miles
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...
Hiking the Olomana Trail
Maunawili, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 2.5 miles
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...
Ka'au Crater Hike
Palolo Homes, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 5.0 miles
Hiking | 5.0 miles
This is one of the most variable, fun, beautiful, slippery, and dangerous hikes on all of Oahu, and it's only ~15 minutes drive from Waikiki and only ~5mi round trip!!After reading a couple others' reports of the hike and feeling fairly confident in the plan for an out-and-back trip (skipping the loop that takes you around the crater rim after summitting), we started off at 10am on a slightly drizzly day.It took...