Koko Head Rim Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Koko Head Rim Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.6 miles 1069 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This trail is sometimes also called the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail. It is an easy to moderate trail located west of Hanauma Bay and is NOT open to public, even though many locals tend to use it for a good run. There are FCC and telecom infrastructure at this location. Koko Head is often mistaken for Koko Crater. This one is on the makai (ocean) side of the state and national parks and is not the tuff cone with the railway line. This lessor known trail starts at the Hanauma Bay bus stop with a road that leads up the hill towards the ocean. Note that this is not a public area, so visit at your own risk. There is lots of history in this area. According to Hawaiian Folk Lore, one of the stories talks about 3 brothers of which the youngest Kaneapua disobeyed his brothers and therefore, the spring water that we was sent to collect dried up. Likewise, there are two depressions called Ihiihilauakea and Nonoula. Both are normally bone dry, but Ihiihilauakea at times will fill in the spring sprouting a four leaf clover that is endemic to Hawaii. This trail has no cover so bring lots of sun screen. It is also normally very windy. The main attractions are the four leaf clover bloom in the spring and a sea cliff rock bridge that is located just past Pai'olu'olu Point.

2 months ago

Find the Rock bridge

2 months ago

I love the view here is was fantastically awesomesauce

2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Wow, breathtaking!

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3 months ago

Good hike and awesome views.

4 months ago

Nice and easy-to-access if you want to get a quick hike in during your day. Can choose to do the short to-the-top path on the asphalt or take a slightly longer path around the southeastern portion of the crater for a longer, slightly more adventurous hike. There is no cover, so best to do in the morning before the sun is too hot. Bring a hat, water, and sunscreen.

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4 months ago

Was a great hike went around the top of the ridge line, key tip- park in the neighborhood next to the bay and go through the back behind the road going up its way easier, went down to the end of the trail and still didn't see it so I thought I would share the gps coordinates for the rock bridge
N 21. 15.816
W 157. 41.547

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4 months ago

Easy hike with great views.

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4 months ago

Think Koko Head workout and views without the monotony of doing a billion steps to get to the top.
Incredible views of Koko Head and Hanauma Bay you wouldn't normally see.
Also, if you're daring enough, you can get right down to the water and tide pools on the point.
We lucked out and it was pretty windy, so the heat didn't get too bad. But I can imagine it getting pretty sweltering once you're down off the ridge.
Bring a lot of water, and be ready for killer calf workout. The steep parts, while not overly gravely or slippery is still pretty intimidating.

4 months ago

Very pretty, rock bridge, fishermen huts, Hanauma Bay scenery, Hawaii Kai scenery. Can sometimes see fish and honu from the rock peninsula. The main trail is moderately difficult if you do the loop, to get down to the rock bridge is moderately difficult as well. Love this trail though.

5 months ago

This trail is off limits.

5 months ago

Good leg workout!

5 months ago

awesome, well worth the pain me and my fiance endured. best time

5 months ago

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7 months ago

This trail was the little sister of KoKo head. It's best to park at the KoKo head parking lot and then walk up the hill to where this hike begins. Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water there should be a cool ocean breeze to keep you feeling good. There should be plenty of people on the trail to help you locate the hidden rock Bridge.

7 months ago

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7 months ago

Koko head is a must hike while in Oahu and so is Diamond head!

7 months ago

Too crowded but definitely perfect for snorkeling with the family.