Hiking Trails in Honolulu

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Hiking Trails in Honolulu

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  • 1LGM1
    Philadelphia, PA89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Views! Beautiful Hike! Make reservations and go early. Take your time, Rest when needed, drink lots of water!
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Koko head is right across Hanauma bay in the southeastern part of Oahu.
    Parking beneath is free at a huge parking lot, though difficult to find spaces on weekends when we've visited.
    From the bottom you see the cut path going straight up through lush greenery. It looks both, scary and challenging.
    It took us around 40 min to reach the summit with very often breaks (I am 55).
    Imo, it's more a challenge and adventure of personal satisfaction than for the views. Views are nice, but better are from both, Diamond Head and Tantalus lookout (the latter you reach comfortably in your car).
    However, if this is your cup of tea do it, specially because I've read they're going to dismantle the stairs. Personally, I wouldn't do it again.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Brenda M
    Gillespie, IL45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family vacation to O’ahu and we had to see the beautiful view. The hike was easy since the path is paved. Highly recommend!
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Peru201193
    Las Vegas, NV425 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The view is stunning at the end of the trail, no doubt very rewarding for those who can make it up there, and back down. It’s tougher than the first 2 miles of the Napali Coast trail on Kauai. It’s the combination of mud and slippery that makes this trail a no joke for those who want to do it

    1. Get a hiking stick or pick up one along the way. You will need it for the last stretch. Steep steps on mud and wet tree roots. Those roots looks nice and nice holding place for your feet - deceiving. The tree roots are exponentially slippery than mud when wet.

    2. Coming up is tiring. Getting down is knee jerking.

    3. Start early. View is better. Trail less crowded

    4. Wear long sleeves, long pants. Or be the feast to the tropical bugs

    5. Bring water, hat, jacket for the top

    Overall, the trail is not dangerous just very wet muddy and slippery.

    It does have one of the best views on any Hawaii island
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, WA1,631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We debated back and forth on if we wanted to do this hike; so glad we decided to go! Yes, even with sunny Waikiki, this rain forest will be misty and showery. We went prepared: umbrellas, dark colored good walking shoes (do not wear anything white or nice). Your shoes will get dirty. Even with rocks on the trail, our shoes got a little bit dirty. Nothing a quick clean up didn't fix. No big deal.

    The trail is so well maintained. It is a trail to waterfalls, be realistic people!! Some areas will be steep and steps required. But as far as waterfalls trails go, we thought this one was EASY!

    It just amazes us how Jurassic Park this "feels". Just lovely. We spent about 2 hours or so enjoying this area. At the end, we were rewarded by nice flowing 150 feet drop Manoa Falls. She sure is lovely.

    They put "do not go beyond" signs at the end of the trail, but plenty of people scramble to the water's edge. We went earlier in the morning, when we finished, definitely more people.

    There is a nice clean up area, bathrooms, snack bar, etc. Easy to get Uber rideshares to and from. Highly recommend the hike.
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • Bob J
    Queensland, Australia53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful hike. Ascent less than a mile in total but pretty strenuous. Pay off in amazing views. Make sure to book in advance - you can't buy tickets at the gate without reserving them first (a weirdly complex system). But only $5 (USD) for a hiker.
    Definitely recommend
    Written 5 March 2024
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  • TravellingGail2017
    Ontario, Canada228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went there with my grown son. Arrived at 9:40 a.m. and was done by 11:15. Great cardio. Lots of climbing. Mixture of sun and shade. No mosquitoes. Some mud, but passable. Recommend hiking shoes or boots. Not crowded. Passed fewer than 20 people. Have to keep your eyes on the ground because of uneven ground and lots of roots. Bathrooms at the start of the trails. Easy to get to and from by Uber if you don't have a car.
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • Quiles-Cardona
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This hike isn’t for the faint of heart! Lol it’s very challenging and sometimes dangerous but worth it in the end when you get to the waterfalls and the views. Definitely worth it. 👍🏼
    Written 16 September 2019
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  • Paul Stewart
    Cameron Park, CA53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a very chill and scenic hike with great trails. There are two ways to access this hike. One, there are about ten spots as you head up to Hanaua Bay on the opposite side of the road. Two, park at Koko Crater Trailhead (ton of parking) and walk up the closed (to traffic) road.
    Once on the trail, you will see mongoose pop out here and there. The trail is paved, unless you want to make a loop.
    Simply amazing views of the Hananua and Waikiki area, all at once.
    If you go before snorkeling in the Bay, you get to scout out the areas you want to go. I advise the left side.
    Written 30 December 2023
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  • Eddy
    123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bus#23 towards Sea Life Park(bus will pass by Kaiwi Shoreline parking lot but won’t stop there), walk back 20-30 mins from Sea Life Park bus stop towards Kaiwi Shoreline Trail.
    Written 29 November 2023
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  • MichiganBy7
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were looking for a "good" hike to do. My daughter wanted to hike from the Hilton Hawaiian Village up to the top of Diamond Head. Nice, but a little vanilla. I challenged her to do something a little more challenging. We agreed on the Pali Puka Hike. Problem was we got confused with directions and ended up at the parking lot for the start of the Moanalua Valley Trail Hike. This hike is the "legal" way to gain access to the Stairway to Heaven (Otherwise know as the Haiku Stairs).

    We thought that the hike we were attempting (Paki Palu) was an easy 2.2 miles out and 2.2 miles back. WRONG.

    We were there, so not realizing what lay before us, we started the hike. Very little water, no food, a little candy, cameras and fortunately GOOD hiking boots.

    (Note - If you do this trail, the whole thing is 10-12 miles in length, start no later than 0830 am, have plenty of water, food, good boots and gloves for climbing the last sections).

    The first 2.8 miles is a nice little hike, ANYONE can do it. At the 2.8 mile point you come to a fork in the road, go LEFT. Do NOT go right like we did initially. We went 30 minutes the wrong way, had to double back, this ate up a lot of our daylight.

    Once back at the sign, we went left and immediately all hell breaks loose. The entire climb ascends some 2,600', most of it after the split at 2.8 miles. If it's muddy, it's really tough. Intermittent cloud cover, and rain makes its even more challenging. Since we started out so late, we did not see any other people until we were well into the hike and they were returning. Most being successful, a few tapped out at the rope sections. Every single group however started that from whatever point we met them at, it got a lot steeper from that point on. And it did. It is ABSOLUTELY CRAZY, but exhilarating. People have died on this trail. A lot of the time you have 1.000' vertical drops on both the left and the right of you and the path is only 2' wide. If you don't like heights, don't do this hike.

    Up and up and up we went. our pace slowed dramatically as a result and with 0.9 miles to go, while not having reached any of the most challenging rope sections, my daughter (27), wife (55) and myself (60), decided that we did not have enough daylight left to complete the hike and return down the mountain safely (like it was even safe in the first place). We turned back.

    Phenomenally beautiful photos. Absolutely 10 out of 10 in regards to challenge, adventure, craziness, confidence building etc.

    I am amazed that one of the three of us did not get seriously injured at sometime in our adventure.

    Although we failed, I sort of understand how people must feel, not being able to complete a venture like Everest etc.. initially stating that they would never attempt it again and then the next year, there they are.

    So I guess we'll see.

    There was a 75 year old, purple haired hippy looking dude who supposedly does the thing 5 times a week and completed it over 800 times. He's in great shape and I guess acts as a guide for hire. So there's hope for me I guess.
    Written 15 February 2020
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  • AdsMan
    Melbourne, Australia406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    TL;DR
    This hike was so rewarding and yet so difficult (but only because we descended during rain). If it's dry (and has been dry for a few days before), this is an amazing hike. Skip if it's been raining, otherwise you'll get very muddy.

    If you have a fear of falling down the side of a cliff - this hike isn't for you, as there are many narrow sections with sheer vertical drops either side. It's totally safe, but you have to be comfortable in these settings.

    We arrived at 8:30am and were only the third car in the car park (there's room for at least 20 cars). The total length was 8km return, with the first half of the walk fairly easy, yet once you hit the steps and mud, it becomes a real challenge.

    We (wife, myself, 7 & 10 year olds) did this in 4 hours. Total moving time was 2h25m (according to Strava). We ascended in perfect conditions (dry, blue skies) and despite some difficult sections with very steep & uneven stairs, and about three sections where the trail was so steep, you had to hoist yourself up with a rope.

    Given our 7 year old made it up fine, I'd say you'll be safe. However, at the very top, after 10 minutes, the clouds descended and we had a fairy heavy rain shower fall for about 10 minutes. This turned the mud / clay path into absolute slop and made the descent that much more difficult. Navigating the steps was hard, as we had to tread in the puddles (no way to avoid them) and the parts with the ropes were super difficult. Mind you, I'm a very fit guy (I cycle for 100km without issue), so I was fine, but the rest of the family kinda struggled.
    Written 25 June 2023
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  • AngelitaK
    Inver Grove Heights, MN155 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed this hike, it was a good moderate level hike. Very muddy and you end up walking through the water a few times to get to the falls at the end. It takes a good 75 minutes plus to make it to the falls with the mud, the walk up, and all the tree roots you had to navigate through. If it had just rained, I don't know if we would have done it or continued on. It was dry for a few days so we decided to go and it was still muddy, so we knew if it had rained there def could be some issues with deeper standing water and mud spots that would cover your entire shoe up your leg! All in all, good hike, def recommend it, and bring water! We did bring bug spray and used it, had no issues with bugs at all, not sure if it was the bug spray or not, but we had zero issues with bugs. Good luck and enjoy!
    Written 29 January 2019
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  • Netty
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fabulous program for the Kieki! My so has gained a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of the planet and I can tell he feels very empowered from this wisdom! The staff are super great and the location is just magical. Memories to last a lifetime for sure!!!
    Written 30 December 2020
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  • graemeandjanet
    Hornsby, Australia64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our guide was Brandon, a friendly and well-presented guy who was obviously
    Enthusiastic about his job.
    Pickup and return to the hotel was smooth and the day went well.
    Ours was a 50 seater bus so we could only go to places with suitable parking...places where you buy things.
    In hindsight, we might have gone with a smaller operator that went off the beaten track a bit - no parking at the surf beaches so we didnt stop nor even slow down.
    But that's not Brandon's fault.
    If you want a generic and straight forward tour then Roberts are the people to go with. But if your looking for something smaller and a bit folksey then try elsewhere.
    Written 11 May 2017
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