Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Aloha! Hiking again Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear supplied when we go. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Aloha! Hiking again Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear supplied when we go. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

I went the other day, it got pretty muddy and wet towards the top. If you have crampons that will help. I'm going up the "back way" this Sunday the 19th. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q. Make sure to bring food and water and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top

I went the other day, it got pretty muddy and wet towards the top. If you have crampons that will help. I'm going up this Sunday the 19th. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q. Make sure to bring food and water and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top

Did feel a bit adventures since we lost the easiest trail a couple of times and had to backtrack . My athletic son even continued up a steep mountain side and got to a point above the falls , instead of to the end of the falls. Quite a few people around though so you could find your way by following voices. Muddy, slippery, gorgeous scent of ginger, pretty bamboo. Stunning waterfall! Only wish it was better marked.

Made it almost all the way to the K2 summit on 7/4 but it was pretty cloudy and a few of us didn’t feel comfortable making the last climb of the hike. The whole thing was really pretty but definitely some slippery spots - the trail did give way on one of the really narrow parts and I took a tumble about five feet down the side of the mountain but was able to dig my fingers in and stop myself. If you’re going to hike in Hawaii, don’t wear tennis shoes. Everything is muddy. I immediately ordered real hiking shoes and have been fine ever since.

This was absolutely amazing. The most gnarly hike I’ve ever been on. I was terrified on the last hour to the top as it was super windy and you are walking on the ridge most of the time. Did this two days ago and I’m still sore. Super worth it but not sure I would ever do it again. This is a HARD hike and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Use spikes if you can - seriously muddy and the spikes saved my life. The way down seemed much easier after what we experienced on the way up but still sketchy. If you do it alone, guaranteed you will find some people to chat with and help you out. I suggest starting before 8am.

5 stars for the hike 3 stars for the description. this is 6 miles "each way" total of 12 miles. Great view, trail is decent and not too busy.

Nice pool to swim in

This was amazing. My don is 6 and it was his very first HIKE!!! It does get a bit muddy so wear comfortable gear you do not mind getting dirty. Trust me it can wash off. No jeans, no slides, n9 crocks and no sandals. It does have a lot of traffic through it but that means you can't get lost. The waterfall is beautiful. Wear sun screen and Bug spray very important.

Hiked this solo on 7/8/18. Forgot to review. Did the ridge starting in Moanalua, down the stairs, back up the stairs, then back across the ridge where I started. That was pretty brutal! 14 miles, 9 hours or so tracking on the Apple Watch. It was rainy for part of it and windy on the sketchy parts. Not for the timid.

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3 days ago

This was for sure closer to 10 miles one way, beautiful trail with lots of tiny waterfalls and beautiful views.

Hiked 8/12. Challenging but enjoyable hike. Agree with earlier reviews…wear pants! It’s extremely overgrown most of the way. I also stopped at the 3.5 mile peak due to heavy cloud cover and fog. The risk wasn’t worth the gain to fight my way the additional quarter mile to the Lanipo peak. That portion of the trail is basically non existent. Plenty of flowers and creepy crawlers to check out along the way.

Completed this hike on 2018-08-07 via the "legal" way (start from Moanalua). My review does NOT apply to the Haiku Stairs. There are a lot of invitation to hike/ solicitation for guides on this review page. I'd like to provide some objective info regarding the risks and difficulty for people considering this hike.

Conditions on that day: No rain. Good visibility. Trail mostly dry, which lowered the risk factor significantly for us considering the wind (see below), but we encountered some spots that are very muddy. *Most* of the time we found a way to walk around the mud. Very strong, and more importantly gusty, wind on the ridge (~40+mph gusts). I'm reasonably fit/agile and I got knocked off balance and stumbled a couple times. Consider this with the fact that, in some parts of this trail you're hiking on a narrow ridge with steep cliffs on BOTH sides. Sometimes your margin of error is 1 or 2 steps. Yes you read that right.

Technical difficulties: Can be very muddy/slippery. Some steep climbs that require using your hands. Narrow, exposed trails. Spikes and hiking poles will make the hike easier, and more importantly, SAFER. You will encounter some loose dirt/rocks. People in my group were young, active people of average to above-average fitness. No expert hikers. Undoutedly a strenous hike, but we all completed the trail. ~3 hours up, ~3 hours down.

The risk of this hike depends heavily on rain and the wind. Both can change quickly. If the trail is not slippery AND there's no wind, this trail is manageable for reasonably agile, sure-footed hikers. However, slippery/windy conditions can make this trail very dangerous. If you want to do this hike, fully recognize the risk you're taking and use common sense - don't go alone; don't go in the dark; don't do it when you're not well rested, etc. Even then, go with the expectation that you might have to turn back if you don't feel safe. Falling off a mountain is a shitty way to die and your friends will have to have a very awkward conversation with your family.

Oh yea the views are phenonmenal, but you already know that. you get to take in full views of both the windward and leeward sides of the mountain.

Just bear in mind that a large portion behind Treetop Restaurant and the formerly Paradise Park is owned by Roman Catholic Church of Hawaii and a major portion around Waiakeaua and Waaloa by BWS.

3 days ago

nice trail. good cardio. if you like to venture using the 'shortcuts' do so with caution. many end up putting you on a mud slide. this girl learned her lesson, after falling about 5 times.

Nice and easy with the kids (11 and 6)

Here till aug 18th, looking for a partner to climb this with for safety measures, I recently did a couple solo hikes here in Oahu but this one seems like it’ll be amazing and would require a little help. Msg me on IG @iamjehree

4 days ago

So glad we did this one. Tough climb and crowded the day we were there, but great camaraderie among hikers and terrific views at the top.

Came here for the tidepools. What an awesome experience! Should've paid attention to the directions, first headed down the wrong trail from the first lookout. Realized my mistake after scrambling down about 100 feet before deciding to turn back. The trail leading down to the tidepools was off of the third lookout. The way down was definitely more treacherous. Smaller kids would likely need a lot of help. But it was well worth it. By far the most memorable part of the trip for us. The tidepools were amazing with its wide array of fish. Nice reward for the work hiking down with a dip in the pool. The dragon nostrils were also impressive.
The hike back up was strenuous but easily doable. Made it back up in under 15 minutes.
Overall, this is must do for anyone looking for a memorable experience in Oahu.

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4 days ago

Humid but not hot due to tree and then fog cover. Occasional fantastic views. Muddy, trail runners are okay. Overall great!:)

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4 days ago

This hike is pretty fun for me. It may not seem interesting to look down at tracks the entire time, but there's enough change in steepness, distance of steps, and there's a nice visible drop midway through the hike to keep me entertained. The view is pretty good, both during (it's cool to look back and see how far you are) and at the top (360 view from the top of the crater).

I also wrote an in-depth review, take a look: http://www.thehawaiiplan.com/koko-head-crater-railway-trail-hike/

Very much interested! Who’s down? @hgonzo7

Definitely worth getting to the top!

Anybody trying to do this hike tomorrow sat 11th August anytime hmu I’m trying to do it but I’m hoping to tag along with someone that knows the way lol thnx

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5 days ago

The 'trail' to the upper Manoa Falls ( right above the state maintained fall) is directly above it. There should be a sign telling you not to go further. Walk past it and scramble up a bunch of rocks. You should also be able to see an old rusted fencing to your right. Soon, you will get to a huge banyan tree. Proceeed to climb up it via its rooting system. Then you will come to a ledge. From here, there will be another set of roots to climb. Once over these two humps, you will get onto another ledge veering to the right. Follow it and you will come to the second falls with a sizable swimming hole. Thread carefully. Search in the photo album and you should find some of my older second Manoa falls with pool photos and the steep climb to it. The first time I discovered this hidden pool was in 1991 with a bunch of local hikers.
Aihualama Trail- Once you veer left past the official Manoa falls trail, you should be on the official Aihualama Trail. Yes, its muddy and some parts are rocky and uneven. The trail takes you to Pauoa Flats via a series of switchbacks thru bamboo groves, old banyan trees and guava forest. At the end of Aihualama Trail, you come to a fork. Right takes you to a nice lookout point overlooking Nuuanu valley. Left takes you to other trails like Nuuanu, Kalawahine, Manoa Cliffs and Puu Ohia. Pauoa Flats Trail is getting an upgrade with a plank walk.
Do check out my personal website for more hiking
ideas.
https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Monday, August 13th, for the 278th time.

The most recent post on my Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt will give you an idea for an impactful photo perspective.

Here’s some helpful bits:

(1) The stairs are the safest way to reach that point on Oahu. Every year thousands of people die falling on the stairs in their house, but no one ever died falling down the Haʻikū Stairs.

(2) You are able to just walk right past the guard.

The security guard has two jobs: to remind you that you are trespassing, and to write down the number of hikers going up and coming down.

Those numbers go to the security company who compiles a report for the Board of Water Supply, the current land owner.

There are 3 regular guards. Two are friendly, one is not - be friendly anyway.

(3) The police have an independent strategy for issuing tickets.

Since August of 2017, the Board of Water Supply provided additional funding to station police on-site. This has been much more effective, but some people get through still.

(4) Every game has elements of skill and luck.

Because this is your first game, a win is beginners luck. The police play this game once an hour for months. If they win, that is skill. You have some technique, but mostly luck, so before the hike I recommend identifying the level of risk which is right for you, and sticking to it so you are comfortable knowing you’ll be okay either way.

(5) Use your spidy senses.

Make your own plan, and do your own thing. Don’t try to be like everyone else - the police read blogs too.

A review on Stairway is like a review on Russian roulette. Yes, he set down the vodka, held the revolver at a 15° angle, squeezed the trigger ‘really slow’, and yes it did go ‘click’. But no, that’s not the trick to it.

You down hear from the guy when it goes ‘boom’.

People standing in front of the judge facing 6 months in jail just want to be forgiven, they are not online reviewing or incriminating themselves.

(6) Don’t increase your level of acceptable risk mid-hike.

For instance: most of traffic goes up the back way and down the stairs. This doesn’t make sense from a planning perspective. The magic is in the ‘up’ portion of the stairs.

But everyone is suffering the long walk up the back and then goes with the risk of cops for an admin-style descent to the base of the stairs.

These people would have skipped the hike entirely instead of facing the police. But they did feel comfortable with the sound of the legal route. They saw pictures of the beauty and brought equipment appropriate for the stairs - but dangerously inadequate for Moanalua Valley Trail.

They reached the top having survived the day, but can’t say they enjoyed it. He was going to propose to her, but now the girlfriend is shaking and crying and talking to some Hawaii Mountain Man. I hear: “I’d rather get the ticket than die”. So they go down the front, and by that point, they have chosen all the lesser rewards and faced all the greater dangers possible for that experience.

The better way was to set a realistic plan and stick to the plan.

For the same principle, don’t start with accepting the risk of a ticket, and then run if you see a cop.

You are boxed in by mountains and those officers grew up trespassing there before they were cops. They know where you’re going. Running moves your risk from a ticket to a second criminal conviction (evading arrest).

Its better to take the ticket than to sit in the back of the cop car thinking: “I didn’t mean for this to go that far.”

Another ‘trick’ is to give a fake name. You wouldn’t be the first. That becomes false report to a Police Officer and identify theft - a felony charge. No hike is worth a felony. This is supposed to transform your life, not ruin some years of it.

(7) The nuts and bolts.

There can be a few court dates. In the first, the judge will ask for your attorney, and because of the possible imprisonment, won’t allow a plea until you have counsel. It’s smart to show up to your first court date prepared to proceed.

The total setback ranges from $3,000 for a local with the time off work, the thousand dollar fine, community service and defense attorney for their initial case and a motion to expunge after a couple years of good behavior. It’s appropriately $5,000 for a visitor with the cost of flying back on the days required. And of course, the impact on visa/immigration and professional life is unique to each individual.

In summary, to lose this game feels like your house got broken into so march to the beat of that perspective.

(8) We can change this.

Its disappointing that walking somewhere healthy and safely (and hopefully respectfully) garners extreme disapproval from the court, but it does. Hopefully with our smiles and stories of the epic life-changing m

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