Don’t forget about the outdoor enthusiast in you while you plan your stay in Hawaii. A tropical vacation to Oahu is not complete without trekking through at least a few of the countless hiking trails that cover the island. Hikes on Oahu offer a wide variety of sightseeing options. Between waterfalls, bamboo forests, historical Hawaiian ruins, and panoramic views of the island you really can’t go wrong. We have highlighted a few of our favorite hikes on Oahu for your consideration while you plan your stay in Hawaii.
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
This popular Oahu hike is perfect for people of all skill levels. It is about a mile long to the peak and is easy terrain up until the last stretch, still nothing to worry about. At the top you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Windward coast, Makapu’u beach, the lighthouse, and if you are there between December to May, maybe a whale!
Found in Nu’uanu Valley, right off of the Pali Highway, is the Kaniakapupu Ruins. A short hike through a serene bamboo forest is all it takes to reach these ruins. This site is the location of King Kamehameha III’s summer home built back in 1847, making it one of the longest standing structures on the island.
Koko Crater Trail
This hike is only for those ready to climb the 1050 steps to reach the summit. The steps are actually old railroad ties left over from the railway that the military used to move cargo to the top. From the top you get unparalleled views of Port Lock Peninsula and Hanauma Bay.
Ehukai Pillbox Hike
Not to be confused with the Lanikai Pillbox Trail, which you can learn more about here. Usually called the Sunset Pillbox Hike, because it is right behind the Sunset Elementary School, this Oahu hike only takes about half an hour to the top, but can be difficult so plan accordingly. It’s all worth it though when you get to the top and see that North Shore view!