Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Honolulu with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Tired of the monotony of getting dirty and having near death experiences trying to reach some jaw dropping view? This peaceful and beautiful walk through the woods can help break that up. Sadly there was not as much garbage to pick up as I'm used to, until detouring over to the 'Ualaka'a loop, where people seem to find it a more suitable environment to leave their trash behind. Say hello to the cats and chickens living in harmony in the parking lot.

Fairly easy hike up. It was a little muddy and a bit slippery but still fairly easy. The waterfall at the end it was amazing I spent 20 minutes taking a cold bath in the pool beneath the waterfall. Only reason this is not five star review is because it was extremely crowded probably saw close to 100 people on the trail with the majority of them congregated at the waterfall

1 day ago

It’s an easy hike but definitely busy and slippery. Wear proper shoes.

1 day ago

It’s a beautiful hike! The waterfall is gorgeous and the stream can be heard throughout the hike!

However, it’s muddy and can be very slippery so wear good shoes!

loved this hike! It took me a bit but the view was amazing!!!

Great hike! Definitely agree with some of the reviewers that rec. to go right to start with the steep uphill climb. At the top before going down definitely rec. to take the Moleka Trail. It’s a great out and back trail through a bamboo forest.

Very cool hike

Very easy hike with beautiful scenery. I went on a Monday when it was pouring which made it not so crowded.

The trek up to the towers is paved and easy. If you choose to continue the loop it will get fairly technical. At times the trail fades. Use your app to stay ion track and have fun. Beautiful views of the bay, ocean and Koko Head Trail.

This is a legit hump. Prepare to get your heart rate up! Enjoy the views.

The Brochure to Kamananui Valley Road.


on Koko Head Crater Trail

5 days ago

Hard, but worth it !

6 days ago

A nice quick run up and down the trail this morning. It was slightly wet and muddy in places. I can’t imagine what this place looks like after rainfall. There were families, including young and old, climbing and descending. Everyone looked like the were having a good time.

The view from the top is ok. Nothing to write home about.... but this is Hawaii and experiences and memories are what makes life so special.

scenic driving
6 days ago

Wonderful drive with so much to see and do. Set aside some time to enjoy it all and a little more time in traffic going the Kam highway via the North Shore.

6 days ago

A very easy and relaxing hike.

It was alright. Not the pretty hike along the water we were hoping for. The highlight was the Alan Davis Beach.

Enjoyable hike for all fitness levels, paved completely to the top. Come early or you’ll have to park on the street. No whales this time.

3/11/2018-Started with the group around 0815 and passed 20+ groups of hikers (quite a few of them brought their dogs along). Weather was mostly overcast and windy so it was a little chillier than usual. Didn’t see any whales on this run but did see some birds flying around and a mongoose.

This was a great hike and had a great view from the top. Simple enough to take the whole family.

Pretty comfy trail. Very muddy after rain

8 days ago

First part is a series of switchbacks to gain elevation. This is a good workout up to the picnic area. The real fun begins after this though. The elevation gain up the old fire road is very peaceful and quiet. Didn’t see another person the entire time. At the junction with the Kuaokala trail, if you take it to the right then you will hit a fence that has a gate to open and go through. From here you are treated to views of Makua valley. You can continue on the trail which is mostly a ridge hike. It’s not an overly difficult one so it is worth going a little farther for more views if you have time. I did a little less than 10 miles round trip.

8 days ago

Fun hike, my 4 year old daughter really enjoyed it.

9 days ago

Family friendly, with great views of the north shore and Makua valley.

Easy trail. Some slippery rocks. Waterfall at the end was beautiful.

Technical hike up stairs but so worth it. Took about 40min to get up and about 40 min down. The views at the top cannot be beat. It is slippery so best to go when it's dry. Majority of stairs are in the shade but it's still best to go early to beat the sun/heat.

Easy paved hike. It is steep but quite a few places to stop and rest/check out views. No shade.

Did this hike for the tidepools -- to find them head to the first lookout with binoculars (you'll see signs indicating possibility of a whale sighting). There's a sort of natural "staircase" of rocks leading down to the tidepools, and someone has been kind enough to mark the path with white arrows and dots spraypainted on the rocks. It's totally worth it to go down there but be sure to go down around low tide since high tide may be a bit more dangerous for getting into the pools. Amazing, breathtaking, and if you're the only people down there it's even more special.

10 days ago

Very beautiful waterfall at the end but so crowded with tourists it was hard to get good photos. The actual hike is less of a hike and more of a walk, with beautiful views of towering trees and lush forest. It can be pretty muddy but nothing compared to actual hiking trails on the island - the only difficult part of this trail is having to avoid bumping into people on the narrower parts. Often you have to stop and wait for people to pass you. Overall worth it as a fun little outing during the morning or afternoon, good for all ages.

Hard! But beautiful views

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