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Best Hikes on Oahu

Sunshine, beaches, and palm trees are just part of your dreamy Hawaii vacation. Often left out? The jaw-dropping views found atop Oahu’s best hikes. We’ve compiled a list to make your planning as easy breezy as the Hawaiian winds. 

Hiking trail overlooking the ocean

Being on an island surrounded by pretty ocean blues is an experience like no other. Remember when you were sitting on the plane, looking out the window, glancing down at the beautiful island of Oahu? The views were pretty spectacular, right? You can get similar views by going on some of the best hikes Oahu has to offer.  

If you didn’t come prepared to hike, that’s ok! We know your suitcase has a weight limit and hiking boots don’t always make the cut. Good news: we have 5 hikes that are for pretty much everyone, from solo hikers to families with young keiki, and even those with furry friends. All ages and skill levels are welcome here! 

Diamond Head

view of Honolulu and Waikiki skyline

Diamond Head is the closest hike near Waikiki. If you don’t have a rental car, it’s a quick bus or trolley ride away. At the top, you’ll see one of the best views of greater Honolulu and beyond. If you didn’t bring any comfortable hiking clothes, head to H&M to find a quick and affordable outfit to get you through the hike! 

Lanikai Pillboxes

ocean view from the East side of Oahu

Lanikai (right outside of Kailua) is a picturesque neighborhood just a short drive to the windward side of Oahu. With two different pillboxes along the trail, you can choose your ideal hiking distance; make it an easy hike, or a little more of a challenge! Be sure to get there early as there’s no designated parking and street parking is first-come-first-serve. If you forgot your athleisure, don’t panic! Victoria’s Secret has a new line of athleisure including shorts, leggings, and tanks. Make a quick trip to see for yourself!

Koko Head

drone shot of Koko Head Crater in Oahu, Hawaii

Located in East Honolulu, Koko Head is not for the faint hearted. The hike consists of around 800 steps to the very top. However, you will be rewarded with a full panoramic view of the east side of the island, the crater, and Hanauma Bay. To avoid a sunburn, stop by Sephora to pick up your favorite sunscreen with the proper SPF for your skin! 

Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail

lighthouse on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean

A vacation-friendly hike for all with promising views at the top, Makapuu Point Trail is one of the most kid-friendly hikes on Oahu. The paved trail makes it stroller and wheelchair accessible. And, on a clear, sunny day, you can see the islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Maui in the distance. Even though the trail is paved, to avoid any discomfort from sandals and flip-flops, a light pair of tennis shoes is recommended. O’ My Sole in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza has an array of shoes to choose from for the whole family. 

Manoa Falls Trail

group of friends hiking on a muddy trail

Named one of the best waterfall hikes on Oahu, and just 7 miles north of downtown Honolulu, Manoa Falls is a hidden gem of lush green canopies. With frequent rainfall in the Manoa valley, this trail can get pretty slippery and, chances are, you might feel a drizzle on the way in. Before you head out, stop by Lululemon to pick up a light jacket or hoodie to keep you dry!

More adventures await! Continue exploring all Oahu has to offer by shopping and dining at the world-class Waikiki Shopping Plaza

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