Koko Head Rim Trail

MODERATE 136 reviews

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

closed

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 parked at Hanauma Bay parking lot for free (Only before 7am, after 7am is $1) and made my way to the entrance which is located next to the bus stop off the main road outside of Hanauma Bay. The trail starts off as a paved road but if you wish to make your way to the rock bridge, the trail gets steep and slippery due to loose rocks. Make sure to pack water and sunscreen as you'll be in the sun the whole time. The view at the rock bridge was worth it. Overall a good hike.

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This hike is dog friendly.
Bring sunscreen or a hat because there will be no shade. Only 2 trees to stop under and hide from the sun on your way down one of the slopes.
Theres a total of about 3 slopes to get to the bridge and cave. I would suggest you looping around and not going the same way you come down from.

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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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