O`ahu Hikes Near Waikiki

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The raw natural beauty of Hawai`i lures many visitors to the islands yet many forgo hiking during their trips to the islands in fear that it would take up too much time from their day. Below are some of the most popular hikes on the island of O`ahu within a 15-minute drive of Waikīkī which will allow you to pop out of the city for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to hike Hawai`i’s trails and still fill your day with other activities to make the most of your Hawaiian vacation.

Diamond Head Crater

Located on the edge of Waikīkī, Diamond Head Crater is an extinct tuft crater known to Ancient Hawaiians as Le`ahi. When British sailors mistook crystals at a nearby beach as diamonds, the iconic spot earned its current name. This .75 mile hike takes visitors into the crater and around the rim to experience breathtaking, 360-degree views of Honolulu and Waikīkī. This moderate hike is good for adults and children but parents should assess their child’s physical endurance levels as the hike covers unpaved walkways, stairwells, and tunnels. Gates open at 6:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM but hikers are not allowed to begin hiking after 4:30 PM. A short but steep trek, most visitors can finish the entire hike in 2 hours and experience magnificent views throughout the hike.

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Mānoa Falls

The drive to Mānoa Falls will take you deep into the Mānoa Valley where the lush greenery is caused by the year-round rainfall. One of the most popular hikes on the island, the Mānoa Falls hike is a moderate level hike which is both keiki (kid) and pet friendly… although it can get muddy throughout the year so be sure to use shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and pack some insect repellant.  The 1.5 mile hike will take you along paths lined with lush vegetation and the hike culminates in an awe-inspiring 200 foot waterfall cascading into a pond.
Manoa Falls

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Koko Crater Rail Trail

For those wanting a most physical hike, locals and tourist turn to the Koko Crater Rail Trail on the Southeastern side of O`ahu. Access to the trail begins at the Koko Head Park in Hawai`i Kai. From here, visitors walk along a dirt path to the base of the crater. The hike is actually a climb up 1,100 “stairs” which were once a railway for the military to transport soldiers and supplies to the top of the crater during World War II. The intense climb is just short of 2 miles in length and heavily trafficked with many people coming to Koko Crater Rail Trail to get their daily dose of cardio and toning. Although you might wonder why you’re doing this intense workout during the hike, the view at the top will erase all the pain felt during the climb. Picturesque views of the island of O`ahu and the Pacific Ocean await those who make it to the top.  Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, water, and your camera!
Image from Koko Crater.

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