There’s something nice about having the basic functions of life sorted so you can just enjoy the adventures. With a base set at a hotel in Waikiki, the hikes and beaches are the playgrounds. This week I headed up on a couple of sweet little trails I’d never done like the Koko Crater Rim and the Kahekili Ridge. I’ve always thought Oahu would be a great place to hang out for a few months and explore lots of trails and this short trip solidified that train of thought. Below I’ve added a short recap on both hikes for the week.

The Kahekili Trail is a short but adventurous ridge hike on the beautiful east coast of Oahu, Hawaii. With 600 meters of elevation over just three kilometers to the summit, this trail is a steep climb. With lots of exposed ridges, you will find some of the best east coast views while on the Kahekili Trail with vantage points of Kualoa, Chinaman’s Hat, and Kahana Bay. The hike is an awesome choice for sunrise but also great for those vibrant blue and green hues of the midday sun.

The Koko Crater Rim Trail is an adventurous alternative to the Koko Head Crater Stairs. Starting at the base of the crater rim, the trail leads you up along the rim to the summit of the popular Koko Head Summit. Here you will hang out with all of the stair-climbers momentarily as you enjoy the views of Hawaii Kai, Hanauma Bay, and down the east coast of the island. The trail then continues on traversing down the coastal side of the crater rim before looping back to the entrance gate of the Koko Crater Botanical Gardens.

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