May 12, 2018

Oahu Hikes Travel Guide :: Best Short Hikes on Oahu: map + list :: Hawaii

Oahu Travel Guide: Best short hikes on Oahu. Amazing scenic views in Oahu, Hawaii

ALOHA!

Hiking on Oahu will give you some of the best views. So of course you have to add one or two hikes to your Hawaii vacation itinerary!

Here is a free digital pocket guide of Oahu hikes.

You have the option of saving the guide as a pdf. Save it to your phone and you can have easy access to information for some of the best hikes on Oahu right in your pocket!

If you’re coming to this page from mobile Pinterest and the pocket guide shows up blank, first open up this page in your web browser and then try again.

The Oahu travel guide includes 7 of the best short hikes on Oahu.

The selected hikes are visitor-friendly hikes, and all can typically be completed in under 2 hours. This includes time to take in the views.

This means that you can dedicate a morning or afternoon to hiking, and then have the other half of your day dedicated to another great activity on Oahu!

Make sure you are wearing the best shoes for hiking in Hawaii!

Oahu Hikes List: Best short hikes on Oahu, Hawaii. Oahu Travel Guide.

Quick list of the best Oahu hikes

Pin the list of Oahu hikes for later!

See pictures from these hiking trails below!

How to use the Oahu hikes pocket guide

Use the Oahu hikes pocket guide as a digital travel guidebook when you’re in Hawaii!

Most text within the travel guide is clickable. It will take you to information about the hikes.

“Directions” will take you to Google Maps. The drive time from Waikiki is also listed. But some trails can be convenient to reach by bus too, since Oahu has a reliable public transportation system.

When you’re in Hawaii, open up the pdf so you can have directions to the trails at your fingertips!

Use the pictures as a refresher on which hikes you were most interested in.

Then simply click on “directions” to your hike of the day.  Just change the starting point and method of transport:  driving vs bus. The default starting point is the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki.

Now have a look at the Oahu hikes pocket guide!

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Tip for international travelers: If you’ll be in Hawaii without data, use the “offline Google Maps” feature to download the Oahu map to your phone before your trip to Hawaii.

Absolute best things to do on the east side of Oahu away from Waikiki

Map of the best short hikes on Oahu

Explore this map of Oahu hikes on Google Maps!

Oahu Hikes Map: Best short hikes on Oahu, Hawaii. Oahu Travel Guide.

These are the Oahu hikes listed as part of the pocket travel guide

The time and distance listed for each of the hiking trails is meant as a general reference, as there are a number of factors that could influence these things.

Diamond Head Summit Trail

Best views of Waikiki Beach and downtown Honoulu

Oahu Hikes, Oahu travel guide: Diamond Head Hike, Oahu hikes pocket guide, Hawaii

What is the distance of the trail? 1.6 miles round trip
How much time will the hike take? 1 – 1.5 hours
What is the difficulty of the trail? Easy to medium
How far is the trail from Waikiki? About a 10 minute drive

more trail info: diamond head hike – map + directions
nearby: things to do on waikiki beachwaikiki snorkeling

Best short hikes on Oahu, travel guide: Diamond Head Hike, best views of Waikiki Beach and downtown Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail

Best trail for whale watching + Best paved hikes on Oahu

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What is the distance of the trail? 2 miles round trip
How much time will the hike take? 1 – 1.5 hours
What is the difficulty of the trail? Easy to medium
How far is the trail from Waikiki? About a 30 minute drive

more trail info: makapuu lighthouse trail – whale watching on oahu – map + directions
nearby: things to do in east oahuhanauma bay snorkeling

Best short hikes on Oahu, travel guide: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, best paved hikes and best trail for whale watching, Oahu, Hawaii

Manoa Falls Trail

Best waterfalls hikes on Oahu

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What is the distance of the trail? 1.6 miles round trip
How much time will the hike take? 1 – 2 hours
What is the difficulty of the trail? Easy to medium
How far is the trail from Waikiki? About a 20 minute drive

more trail info: manoa falls trail – map + directions
nearby: things to do in central oahu

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Koko Crater Railway Trail

Best views of Hanauma Bay

Oahu Hikes, Oahu travel guide: Koko Head Hike, Oahu hikes pocket guide, Hawaii

What is the distance of the trail? 1.5 miles round trip
How much time will the hike take? 1 – 2 hours
What is the difficulty of the trail? Medium to hard
How far is the trail from Waikiki? About a 25 minute drive

more trail info: koko head hike – map + directions
nearby: things to do in east oahuhanauma bay snorkeling

Best short hikes on Oahu, travel guide: Koko Head Hike, best views of Hanauma Bay and windward Oahu, Hawaii

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

Best views of the Mokes aka Mokulua Islands

Oahu Hikes, Oahu travel guide: Lanikai Pillbox Hike, Oahu hikes pocket guide, Hawaii

What is the distance of the trail? 1.2 miles round trip
How much time will the hike take? 1 – 1.5 hours
What is the difficulty of the trail? Easy to medium
How far is the trail from Waikiki? About a 40 minute drive

more trail info: lanikai pillbox hike – map + directions
nearby: things to do in east oahu – mokulua islands

Best short hikes on Oahu, travel guide: Lanikai Pillbox Hike, best views of Kailua and Mokulua Islands, Oahu, Hawaii

Puu Maelieli Trail

Best views of Chinaman’s Hat and Kaneohe Bay

Oahu Hikes, Oahu travel guide: Puu Maelieli Trail, Oahu hikes pocket guide, Hawaii

What is the distance of the trail? 1.5 miles round trip
How much time will the hike take? 1 – 2 hours
What is the difficulty of the trail? Easy to medium
How far is the trail from Waikiki? About a 35 minute drive

more trail info: puu maelieli trail – map + directions
nearby: things to do in east oahu

Best short hikes on Oahu, travel guide: Puu Maelieli Trail, best views of Chinaman's Hat and Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Ehukai Pillbox Hike

Best views of the North Shore and Sunset Beach

Oahu Hikes, Oahu travel guide: Ehukai North Shore Pillbox Hike, Oahu hikes pocket guide, Hawaii

What is the distance of the trail? 2 miles round trip
How much time will the hike take? 1 – 1.5 hours
What is the difficulty of the trail? Easy to medium
How far is the trail from Waikiki? A little over a 1 hour drive

more trail info: ehukai pillbox hike – map + directions
nearby: things to do on the north shorenorth shore snorkeling

Best short hikes on Oahu, travel guide: North Shore Pillbox Hike, best views on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

HIKING ON OAHU CAN BE DANGEROUS!

Be sure to take precautions and hike at your own risk.

You are responsible for your own safety.

While these trails are generally considered to be safe, conditions may arise that may make them unsafe.

Nature can be unpredictable. Trail access may change. Proper footwear is highly recommended. Take warning signs seriously.

No matter which hike you attempt, you must have a decent level of fitness.

TAKE WATER!

Even if you think you’ll be on the trail for less than an hour, it is always a good idea to take water on your hike. You will likely be hiking in hot weather that your body may not be acclimated to.

Not only that, but you may end up out longer than expected.

Taking snacks is also a very good idea, even if it’s a short hike. Again, just in case!

More hiking tips when you travel:

Oahu Hikes: Free Oahu travel guide. Digital pocket guide. PDF. Hawaii

Pin the list of Oahu hikes for later!

List of best Oahu hikes. Best short hikes. Oahu travel guide, Hawaii.

HAPPY OAHU HIKING!

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- Walking: These types of hiking sandals. For walking in hot weather, they are more breathable than shoes, while still giving you necessary traction on the trails. Also see these travel sandals.
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