Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

 

ALOHA!

 

Oahu has an extensive trail system, and the vast majority of the hiking trails on Oahu are FREE!

There are tons of hikes on Oahu, and some are more dangerous than others.

The list of these Oahu hikes that are located on the east side of Oahu (aka windward Oahu) can be perfect for first-time visitors to Hawaii.

But no matter what, you should make sure that you are a prepared hiker.

This can include being sure to bring along adequate water and snacks.

You’ll basically want to prepare for a hot weather hike.

 

So these hikes can make for a perfect morning activity.

Then, in the afternoon, you can head to one of the best beaches on Oahu as part of your recovery.

 

The list: Best hikes on the east side of Oahu

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Koko Head Hike. Crater hike on Oahu. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

 

ALL of these trails come with AMAZING views.

Really, with each of these hikes you do, there is a very good chance you will LOVE the views!

Unless of course, you live on an island and are used to such views on a daily basis. 😉 But even then, you will probably love the views.

All of these require hiking up a hill, so you should at least be in decent shape before attempting any of these.

 

So, if you need a reason to love Hawaii, here are 5 reasons!

 

1. Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

Cost: FREE!

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Whale watching season. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

This is a paved trail that’s basically right along the coast much of the way.

It can be good hike to do if you’re looking for one to do with a stroller.

If it’s whale season, be sure to do this trail if you won’t be doing a whale tour. This is said to be one of the best places on Oahu to be for a chance to see whales.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Whale watching season. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Whale watching season. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Whale watching season. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

 

2. Lanikai Pillbox Hike

Cost: FREE!

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

This is the hike that you do for the famous views of the picture perfect twin islands aka the Mokulua island aka the Mokes.

You can do a shortened version of this starting ocean side and heading straight up to the pillboxes and back down, and you can do the full Kaiwa Ridge Trail that goes across the mountain range.

This pillbox hike is right near Lanikai Beach, and Kailua Beach also makes for a good choice to go after this hike.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

 

3. Puu Maelieli Trail

Cost: FREE!

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Puu Maelieli Trail. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

If you want to do a trail that not many tourists do, this is one such trail.

This trail is just across the street from Byodo-In Temple.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Puu Maelieli Trail. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Puu Maelieli Trail. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

 

4. Koko Crater Trail

Cost: FREE!

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Koko Head Hike. Crater hike on Oahu. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

Despite being a relatively short trail in terms of distance, this is probably the most strenuous out of all the hikes on this list.

The Koko Head Hike has also been called the nature’s stairmaster, as it’s quite literally a straight shot up the mountain (crater) climbing a whole bunch of stairs.

There’s nearly no shade on this trail, and you must be sure you bring your own water!

And there’s a good chance you’ll stop and rest (a lot).

But, the views once you reach the top are amazing!

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Koko Head Hike. Crater hike on Oahu. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Koko Head Hike. Crater hike on Oahu. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

 

5. Kuliouou Ridge Trail

Cost: FREE!

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Kuliouou Ridge Trail. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

This is the longest trail on this list.

This is another trail that not many visitors to Hawaii do.

You’ll want to make sure you have 3-4 hours to complete this hike.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Kuliouou Ridge Trail. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Kuliouou Ridge Trail. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

 

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Best hikes in east Oahu Hawaii: Kuliouou Ridge Trail. Hiking trails on windward Oahu east side. Hawaii vacation ideas, tips.

HAPPY HIKING ON EAST OAHU!

 

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