#12 Walks and Hikes on O’ahu

We kept our hiking activity rather low but of course we went for a few strolls. Nothing too crazy, but always very rewarding with a beautiful finish. There are hundreds of other trails you could explore on Oahu.

Hike #1 – Wakelele Falls: Our first and most demanding trail. As you walk through private land, a permit is required. Starting in La’ie it led us through Papaya and Banana plantations and up through a lush forest along a small river which we had to cross several times climbing, jumping and brachiating through branches. After about one and a half hour we reached the top; a small cascading waterfall with a pool, perfect to jump in and refresh.

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Wakelele Falls

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Hike #2 – Diamond Head: While Wakelele Falls is definitely not a touristic trail, Diamond Head is the opposite. The hikeable volcano crater rim above Honolulu is basically a highway on foot. Hundreds of tourists walk the trail and climb up the stairs at any given time. While definitely no place for your romantic getaway, the views from the top are still stunning.

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Hike #3 – Ka’ena Point: We took our time to drive along Oahu’s westcoast and enjoy some of the beaches there during the day. We stopped in Makaha and also on Yokohama Beach right before the trailhead (see next post). In the evening, we finally made our way to Ka’ena point, the most northern and most western tip of the island. We timed it so that we would be able to enjoy the sunset at the end. See for yourself how that worked out.

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Northshore on the left and westcoast on the right

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