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Great Hiking Trails on Oahu

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Head to the hills of Oahu and you'll discover a lush tropical paradise untouched by urban Honolulu. Dozens of hiking trails along the several peaks on the Ko'olau mountain range are waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Day 1: Makiki/Punahou area (Honolulu) Day 2: Aina Haina area (Honolulu) Day 3: Pali/Kailua area (Kailua/Kaneohe) Day 4: North Shore (Haleiwa) read more about Great Hiking Trails on Oahu

Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

Hawaii'loa Ridge Trail

Hawaii'loa Ridge Trail

Judd Trail

Judd Trail

Hau'ula Loop Trail

Hau'ula Loop Trail

Kalawahine Trail

Kalawahine Trail

Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail

Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail

Ka'iwa Ridge Trail

Ka'iwa Ridge Trail

Kaunala Trail

Kaunala Trail

Manoa Cliff Trail

Manoa Cliff Trail

Manoa Falls Trail is part of the Honolulu Mauka Trail System. The trail begins in a thick swamp of mahagony and guava forest, ascending slowly. Shortly, the trail bursts out onto the cliffs above Manoa Valley.

Makapu'u Lighthouse

Makapu'u Lighthouse

  • Honolulu Waterfront
  • Oahu

Makapu'u Lighthouse is one of Hawaii's most familiar landmarks. From the lookout that sits on the cliff above Makapu'u Beach, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of Waimanalo Bay, which stretches across the eastern shores of Oahu to Kailua. On a clear day, you can see Molokai — and even Maui — in the distance. The Molokai Channel that sits between the Lighthouse and Molokai, Oahu's closest neighboring island, is a great place to spot humpback whales in the winter (between December and April). A 2-mile paved trail leads to the lighthouse, which was built in 1909. read more about Makapu'u Lighthouse

Kealia Trail and Access Road

Kealia Trail and Access Road

Pauoa Flats Trail

Pauoa Flats Trail

Maunawili Falls Trail

Maunawili Falls Trail

Hike along a meandering trail off the Pali Highway in the Ko'olau rainforest to beautiful Maunawili Falls, a large swimming hole fed by a waterfall that is over twenty feet tall. Significant efforts have been made to allow easy access to this treasured hiking trail. There's a secret rock slide just past the waterfall itself, so bring your bathing suit and wade in the pool beneath the falls. Many daredevils enjoy jumping into the pool from various heights upon the cliff, but be sure the water level is suitable before jumping! The hike itself takes no longer than two hours round trip, and is suitable for small children. To get there, take H1 to the Pali Hwy, and follow it to Kailua. Turn right at the second Auloa Road. Keep right after the turn but veer left onto Maunawili Road. Turn right onto Kelewina Road. Park around the corner from the trail head, on Lola Road. read more about Maunawili Falls Trail

Pu'u Ohia Trail

Pu'u Ohia Trail