Oahu is not only known for its beautiful beaches but also some pretty amazing hikes and you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the views. Here is a list of 5 hikes that are doable for novice hikers. Please remember to take only memories and leave only foot prints.
1. Lulumahu Falls
This waterfall hike is one of my favorites and its conveniently located off the Pali Hwy. Its a little over 2 miles round trip and starts off going through some bamboo trees, once through you will be welcomed to an open field that offers gorgeous mountain views. After a short, easy walk you will soon find yourself along a stream. You will follow the stream up making a few switchbacks crossing it before you reach some boulders near the end. You will make a short climb over the boulders and be rewarded with a 50 ft waterfall. Please obtain a permit before you go at https://trails.ehawaii.gov/camping/welcome.html
Address- 4459 Pali Hwy, Honolulu Hi 96817
2. Pu’u’ohulu Kai
Also known as the pink pillbox. This hike is short but straight incline so bring lots of water as there is no shade either. The incline will test your endurance but once you reach the top the views are incredible. I suggest this hike for sunset as the West side of the island has amazing sunsets, don’t forget to bring a headlamp or flash light for the climb down. In the winter months you can also spot hump back whales from the top. There are two bonkers where you can relax and soak in the views before you head back down. There are people who run this trail every morning, you can do it!
Trail head is located near light pole 9
Distance- 1.9 miles roundtrip
Address- 87 Kaukama St Waianae, Hi 9679
3. Kuli’ou’ou Ridge
Ok so the distance on this hike is a little longer for beginners at 5 miles roundtrip and an elevation gain of 1800 feet however its worth every tear of sweat and blood. This hike has not one but 3 different scenery changes, starting with several switchbacks you’ll notice ferns, koa, and logwoods along the way. Halfway up you can find picnic benches if you need a break or snack, also you will be greeted with a steep hill covered with cook pines and ironwoods. Once you reach the open again you will begin to climb steps along the ridge with views of diamond head, koko head, and Hawaii kai. Once you finish the final steep climb you can relax on the summit with amazing views of Waimanalo, Makapu’u, and Kailua in the distance.
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