Island Living

Hiking is one of the most popular activities on Oahu, and its easy to see why. Lush valley hikes leading to panoramic ocean and mountain views, this island is known to have some of the best hikes in the state.

  • Diamond Head

    This moderate and short hike takes you up Diamond Head crater where you will have stunning views of the Honolulu skyline. The hikes take you up switchbacks and stairs as you climb almost 500 ft in elevation over the short 1.8 mile hike.

  • Ka’au Crater

    This challenging hike is for the moderate to advanced hiker and is one of the favorite hikes to do across the island. You will hike into Palolo valley, following a river upstream as you encounter three waterfalls on your climb up to the top of the third waterfall where you will have epic views of The Mokes, Chinaman’s Hat, Olomana, and other spots on the windward side of the island.

  • Lanikai Pillbox

    You will pass many abandoned pillboxes on this shorter, moderate hike in Kailua. The hike is 1.8 miles roundtrip, but don’t let the short distance fool you – the climb is quite steep. However, the challenging climb will be well worth it once you see the stunning ocean and coastal views.

  • Makapu’u Lighthouse

    This easy hike follows a paved trail uphill with scenic views of the windward Coast all the way up! The total hike is 2 miles and is great for those looking for an easy hike. There is not any shade on the way up, so pack your sunscreen and wear a hat!

  • Pu’u Ma’Eli’Eli

    This is an easy to moderate 2.3 hike to a 180 degree view of all of Kaneohe Bay. It is a popular trail and can get pretty crowded. The trail is lush and shaded for the most part, but can get buggy so bring your bug spray!

  • Waimano Tunnels

    This 6 mile trail located near Pearl City is easy and a fun family hike. Expect picturesque views of Waimano Valley and can walk through about 10 old irrigation tunnels.

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