Koko Head Rim Trail

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

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1348 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This trail is also called the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail. It is an easy to moderate trail located west of Hanauma Bay and is NOT open to the 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 lesser 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 he 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.

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I don't carry a wallet when I run and about half a mile in, you enter a park that has a $7.50 fee.

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My favorite hike in Hawaii

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Great hike but make sure your well prepared with water and hiking boats. Also go done the far end because it's less steep.

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beautiful sceneries

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