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Top Ten Hiking Trails on Hawaii

Destination(s): Oahu

Oahu is full of gorgeous hiking trails that are just waiting to be discovered. Even if you're in the center of town, trail heads leading to tropical vistas and waterfalls await you. read more about Top Ten Hiking Trails on Hawaii

Waimea Valley Audubon Center

Waimea Valley Audubon Center

  • 59-864 Kamehameha Highway
  • tel:+1 808 638 9199
  • Visit website
  • Haleiwa, 96712
Hau'ula Loop Trail

Hau'ula Loop Trail

Nu'uanu Trail

Nu'uanu Trail

Hawaii'loa Ridge Trail

Hawaii'loa Ridge Trail

Judd Trail

Judd Trail

Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail

Kuli'ou'ou Ridge 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

Pauoa Flats Trail

Pauoa Flats Trail

Makapu'u Lighthouse

Makapu'u Lighthouse

  • Kelewina Road
  • 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

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

  • Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue
  • tel:(808)587-0300
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815

One of the most famous volcanic craters in the world, Diamond Head overlooks Oahu's southeastern shores. The crater was originally named "Laeahi" because its silhouette resembles the "brow of the tuna." British sailors gave it its current name upon arrival on Oahu's shores because the calcite crystals on the crater glistened in the sunlight from a distance. They mistakenly thought there might be diamonds in the mountain. The crater is over 3,500 feet in diameter, and visitors can climb to the 760-foot summit. The observation deck was constructed at the summit in 1910 to provide military target sightings. The trail is paved almost the entire way but can be steep in spots. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring water on the hike, as there is no fountain up top. read more about Diamond Head State Monument