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Unforgettable Experience

Hiking is a great recreational activity in Honolulu. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and get great exercise! When you go hiking you can escape from the crowded areas of the city and relax with nature. I recommend that you bring a snack and water, because the walks can be long.

northbeaclover
May 07, 2011

Maunawili Trail

About 10 miles from Waikiki there is a trail called the Maunawili Trail. It's definitely off the beaten path. While on the trail for 2 hours, we encountered maybe 12 people total. The trail is 9.3 miles but we only hiked a few miles and turned back. As you can see from the photos there are some great views.

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klj&a
Jul 10, 2010

Locals show their favourite spots

In Hawaii, there is a project called Rent a Local Friend - www.rentalocalfriend.com
Locals (like freelance journalists, fotographers, surfers) make themselves available to show visitors their favourite spots: shops, bars, restaurants, parks, views and hidden gems
Its very reasonable and definetly interessting experience!
Check it out: www.rentalocalfriend.com

sucesso
Jun 09, 2009

Whispering Giant of Hawaii

It was carved by Peter Wolf Toth from a 7'/2.1 m wide Douglas Fir, with the help of a local artist. Completed 1988. This statue named Maui Pohaku Loa was the last in a series of 50 "Whispering Giants" honoring native people in all states of the USA.
These giant figures were made by the Hungarian Artist in 50 different states in nearly 20 years of work.
The Maui Pohaku Loa was seriously damaged by a fire in 1993.

Located near Rocky Point on Oahu
Website of the Artist: http://www.peter-wolf-toth.com/

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csordila
Apr 21, 2009
 
 
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Luakaha Falls

Luakaha Falls is one of those rare finds. I ran across it on accident actually. It is a beautiful waterfall in the Nu’uanu reservoir area that is about 50 feet (15 meters) tall and cascades over a steep rock face. The pool beneath the falls does not look deep enough to swim in and certainly not to dive into.
There is however, a lawn and some landscaping at the base of the falls. Someone has built a house on the other side of the gorge from the falls. There are no trespassing signs posted to keep people from continuing beyond the grassy lawn but the house is far enough away that it does not spoil the scene.
This is one of the few scenic spots on the island that you may actually be able to enjoy on your own. It is so unknown that I could not even find much information about it on the extensive database that is the internet.

Directions:
Describing how to get to this waterfall is more difficult than I could likely portray with a few simple sentences. If you really want to go here send me an E-mail and I’ll see if I can help you. General area – Along the Nu’uanu stream south of the Nu’uanu Reservoir #4.

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GuthrieColin
Mar 30, 2008

Judd Memorial Trail (Jackass Ginger)

The Judd Trailhead begins on Nu’uanu Pali rd just south of the Nu’uanu reservoir. It is a loop trail which accesses the Jackass Ginger pool and waterfall. The waterfall (maybe called Kahuailanawai falls) is around 10 feet (3 meters) and a rope has been tied off in a tree above the falls for swimming purposes. Be sure if you do decide to swim here that you are aware of the leptospirosis bacteria that is common in many of the streams of Oahu.
This trail is well known for its swamp mahogany, bamboo, guava, and Norfolk Island pines. Of course it doesn’t hurt that there is a waterfall and swimming hole which reaches a depth of about 8 feet (2.4 meters) for people to jump in. The distance from the trailhead to the falls (go right after stream crossing) is only about 1/2 mile and travels along the Nu’uanu Stream

Directions:
From Honolulu drive north on the Pali Hwy (61) for 2.5 miles. Turn right at Nu’uanu Pali Drive and go 1 mile to a signed trailhead. From there proceed into the forest and meet up with the trail.

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GuthrieColin
Mar 30, 2008

Get a local to take you to local spots..

Most of these places are off the maps and hard to find. If you know any of the locals than im sure they can tell you where some of these spots are at. This little spot was off of Pali Highway. You have to park on the side of a neighborhood street and walk into the jungle, well not really a jungle. There you will catch a trail that runs along a river. you can walk the river or trail for a little bit and at the end youll find a nice little lagoon. You know one of those places you see with a rope hanging from a tree and people are jumping off into the water.. yeah one of those.. When walking through or over the water, make sure you are careful cuz the rocks are slippery and you can fall in..

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DJ_Rolo
Oct 16, 2005

Hike Behind Lani Kai

if your on the Windward side of Oahu, and are in Lanikai ( the most beautiful beach on Oahu), you can hike along the ridge. You just need to ask a local resident to find the trail head. (it's the same trail the paraglide use to get to their jump point) the trail goes up and down a few hill, but once you get to the end of the trail, there are some old WWII bunkers that you can stand on top of. The view is well worth it. On one side of the hill is the view of the ocean and the mokulua islands, and on the other is Bellows AFB and Waimanalo. BUT!, once you at the end and you look back at the trail that you just cam, and then look down and see a short cut the beach, DON'T TAKE IT! will lead you right onto private property. and the owner will call the police. Walk back the way you came (and bring lots of H2o)

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Feb 07, 2005

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hike to name a few....the...

hike to name a few....the mariners ridge....medium dificulty, the sant luis hight...my favority very dificult hight winds....streight drop....manoa trails easy greath for jogging...have fun if you are coming this way will give you more datail direccions

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enigma58
Sep 12, 2002

Try a walk into the mountains,...

Try a walk into the mountains, see if you could find a hidden waterfall like this. We visitided this place as a part of a full-day tour, but if you have the time I will recommend you to try to make a trip of your own.

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depresno
Sep 12, 2002

This is the view of Waikiki...

This is the view of Waikiki from the top of Diamond
Head Crater-sunrise 6:30am.,elevation 560 ft.(171m).
The shadow of Diamond Head appears on the hotel buildings and a rainbow appeared during the early morning rain.
Gates open 6am-6pm.Bring water and flashlight;arrive
early to avoid heat and crowds.Admission is $1.00

Hawaii-5-0
Aug 25, 2002

Climbing on Diamond...

Climbing on Diamond Head!

Beware the Steps!! I did that !!

PHEWWWWWWW!!!!! dont forget to bring a bottle of water with you:) Maybe TWO!!

Mount Leahi rises 760 feet above sea level and 560 feet from the crater floor.
I have officially ascended the.7 mile long trail which is unpaved and has uneven rock and dirt surface that may be loose or slippery in places.
It leads through a dark tunnel and involves climbing 271 steps through a narrow spiral staircase inside an unlit bunker.
The entire hike took about 1 hour and a half.

My reward for accomplishing this feet was a panoramic view of South Oahu from Koko Head to Barbers Point.

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Tulin
Aug 24, 2002

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