I tried following the map, but no matter which way I went I would come to a dead end. Granted I went on a trail when some trails were likely partially closed due to landslides, but I couldn't get anywhere without coming to a dead end with no trail in site.
Definitely don't go in the middle of a hot day. I am young and in decent shape, but couldn't even make it half way. Lots of people were taking lots of breaks and I felt extremely dizzy. Definitely don't take children on this hike. Not well maintained. Also, the parking area is difficult to find and GPS kept taking me to the wrong spot.
Easy to get to. Parking does cost a few dollars though unless you park down the street. The hike does get a little muddy toward the end, so break appropriate footwear. I felt bad for the people that walked for about 45 minutes, then had to turn around. Also, if you have very small children this isn't the walk for you due to how muddy and slippery it is toward the end. The walk is about an hour each way at a moderate pace. Besides the parking fee, there are no fees here. Bring plenty of water, besides the gift shop near the parking, there is no other place to buy any. May I also recommend I love yogurt down the road near University of Hawaii, Manoa. The Dole pineapple yogurt is amazing.
I'm not someone that likes hiking. But, I did like this. The views at the top were very rewarding. However, do bring water and take breaks if you aren't in shape. Also, bring appropriate shoes. There are benches along the way. There is a parking fee of about $5, but it is otherwise $1 per person. I came in on a moped and they didn't charge me for parking. You can take a bus in, but then you have to walk a long ways just to get to the parking lot.
The climb to the top of Koko Crater is short, quick but steep. At first, the quick ascent could be off-putting, but we met an 80-year-old man on the way up the 1200-foot climb, so that inspired us to reach the top. Unfortunately, it started pouring rain when we summited but, being Hawaii, all we had to do was wait 10 minutes and the view opened up. Being above Hawaii Kai and having panoramas from Mokapu'u to Diamondhead was spectacular. I'll definitely do the hike again.
Sadly, I may have to do it quickly. There is talk of closing the hike to to the perceived danger from the rifle range near the base of the hike. Nevermind that no hiker has EVER been struck by a stray bullet and that there's mounds of earth between the trail and the range, someone is being a worry wart anyway. Frankly, this hike is such a good quickie that they should keep it open even if they do have one or two shootings a year. They keep Baltimore open, don't they?
You can see Hawaii and not spend a fortune!
The hiking around the island of Oahu is unbelievable! All listed hikes have there unique sites to see! From waterfalls to historical accounts.
They are all here and they are free!
For listings of hikes to do, check out website below.
The hike to Manoa Falls is a quick, easy 2 mile roundtrip hike. The falls themselves were a little disappointing when we were there....just a trickle. We did try to do it when it was getting late, and we scared ourselves. Does anyone watch Lost?
We decided we wanted to do a ton of hiking while we were in Hawaii, there are so many great hikes in O'ahu. After this first one we did the second day though our enthusiasm went down about hiking destinations. Keep in mind that there are no glaciers in Hawaii or on O'ahu at least, therefore when it hasn't rained in a while there is no way to preserve water. Add the factor thats it's always around 88 there. Our first hike was to Waimano Falls, well it was suppose to be a fabulous hike through a strawberry guava forest, a steep descent with even a rope to help you up and down the trail in some of the really steep sections. Well this hike was to end at a water fall that flowed into one pool and then into another with a rope swing and everything....well no pool existed. So after a long hard hike in 90 degree heat down and not all that much water left we were disappointed to find a dried up falls and no relief from the heat. It was a real bummer and hard to muster up the energy to begin the steep descent up and out of the valley without ever getting wet. It was still worth it, we had fun nevertheless and got some pics of the dried up depressing falls anyways.
A unique interesting way to spend an afternoon. Climb a giant monkey pine or mango tree with an arborist. Anyone into rockclimbing would enjoy this adventure.
Costs range between 50-75 USD for two hours.
Few people on the island offer this afternoon adventure.
Contact me if interested and I will give you the information to the arborist.
Along the eastern edge of O'ahu is the Koolau Mountain Range. They stretch from Kahala in the south all the way up to the North Shore. As with many of Hawaii's mountains, there are some very interesting formations within the range due to the lava flows that ran down them millions of years ago. A great way to view them by car is to take the Kamehameha Hwy., either from the North Shore due south or Kailua/Kaneohe due north. The highway basically runs parallel in between the mountains and the coast, and there are some incredible sights, including a few waterfalls.
If you want to see a waterfall and take a very easy hike doing so, do Manoa Falls. It is easy to drive to (not far out of Waikiki) and is not really that strenuous. There are actually two waterfalls to see. There is the one you walk up to, and then another above it which you can only reach if you practically scale the mountain. No ropes are required to see the second, but good shoes are. And if it is wet, be prepared to be dirty and muddy. When you get to the first waterfall, there is a chain link fence to the left with a sign that says not to go past that point. Let's just say hypothetically you were to go past that point and then turn right and hypothetically scale the mountain. Just keep going up. You will know where to go when you get there.
Puu Ualakaa, a 1,048-foot hill, means "rolling sweet potato hill". The panorama is sweeping and majestic. On a clear day (which I guess is almost always), the views extend from Diamond Head across Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, over the airport and Pearl City, all the way to the Waianae range.
A trip to Oahu without going to Pu'u Ualakaa is simply an incomplete visit!
Open Daily 7am-6:45pm (to 7:45pm in summer)
Entrance is free
Take the H-1 freeway going Ewa, and get off on the Punahou St. exit (Exit 23). Turn left on Punahou. Make a left onto Wilder Ave. Turn right on Makaki St. When the road forks, bear left onto Round Top Dr. The park entrance is 2 1/2 miles up Round Top from Makaki. Once in the park, it's a half mile to the lookout. No bus service.
Oahu is what's left of two shield volcanoes which have long since become extinct and have fallen apart and eroded away. What once stood over 10,000-feet above the ocean, the dike remnants of both volcanoes - Waianae in the west and Koolau in the east - stand as two volcanic "spines" which run almost parallel to each other. Over a hundred ridges extend from both spines like nerves from a spinal cord. As a result, there are many valleys of varying depth and width along either side of the "spine".
There are several smaller post-shield volcanic outcroppings scattered throughout the island, all of which are extinct. These appear in the form of volcanic cones and heads usually no greater than 1,000-feet high and a mile in diameter. Diamond Head and Punchbowl craters are the most notable examples.
The oldest part of the island is about 4 million years old (Waianae mountain range). The youngest part of the island is about 32,000 years old (Koko Head ash cones).
There are two major mountain ranges on Oahu:
Koolau ( /KOH-oh-lau/ )
Waianae ( /WHY-a-nai/ )
Very touristy thing to do, but you HAVE to do it. Gorgeous views!! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes - there are quite a few steps.