Family Hiking in Hawaii

Living on the island of Oahu in Hawaii for the past three years was wonderful.  With a view of the beautiful Pacific ocean out our window we were reminded to live life like everyday was vacation.  Taking care to get the most fun out of every hour.

This series of posts outline our 45 Hawaii YouTube travel and event videos perfect for anyone with kids looking to travel to Oahu and for military families stationed there.  With these videos you can see what you are getting into before you go, to help you hit the ground running.  Lets start with three family hikes complete with videos.

Let’s go for a Hike!

Oahu is a hiker’s paradise.  There are so many trails and many hiking groups.  Here are three of my favorite trails that you can easily do on your own or with your family.

Ka‘ena Point State Park: This video is hiking the Waianae side to the island tip and back, but trail conditions are similar if you are coming from Schofield Barracks and hiking from northern trail entry.  This hike is best when the trail is dry since it is a dirt path.  Depending on the season you can spot whales, various sea birds, and monk seals sunning.  The entire trail is about five miles, but you don’t have to walk the whole thing to enjoy it, go as far as you feel comfortable.  The path follows the coastline, it is a hot and dry hike.  At the very tip of the island (the 1/2 way point) is a bird sanctuary.  Be sure to pack water and a snack, plan to sit on the rocks during your break (no benches on this trail).  Parking is available for free on either side of the park.

Diamond Head: Ready to climb a mountain?  This Honolulu hike takes you to the top of iconic Diamond head along a paved path.  There are stairs, so if your are hiking with kids make sure they are ready to walk up hill or be prepared to carry them.  The views from the top are breathtaking and there is a bunker to explore as well.  At the base of the hike there are bathrooms, a water fountain, and often other food for sale.  Make sure you bring your water to the top, it can get quite hot as you climb.  Parking is in the crater, it is paid and limited.  We always found parking when visiting in the morning.

Koko Crater and Botanical Garden:  From flowers to cacti and all sorts of trees in between; on this peaceful hike you’ll see so many different plants.  If you are quiet you can also spot many of the island’s birds and may also catch a glimpse of mongoose crossing your path. This hike is inside Koko crater, if you see the stairs on the outside don’t worry, that is another hike.  The garden’s two-mile path is gravel, but it is mostly flat so it is an easy family hike.  The garden is divided into by plant type or home location.  There is a sweet smelling plumeria grove, followed by bright rhododendrons, assorted cacti, a large variety of palm trees, plants of Hawaii, plants of Madagascar, and plants of Africa .  A map is available near the entrance.  Parking is free and there is a port-a-potty on site, make sure you bring water and a snack.

These are not all the great family hikes, these are just to get you started,  there are many more to explore.  Feel free to post your favorite family hike in the comments and help others visiting Oahu!

Some other sites with kid-friendly hikes:

Coming soon posts about Oahu beaches, attractions, special events, and everything else!  Thanks for stopping by hope you have a great day!

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5 thoughts on “Family Hiking in Hawaii

  1. Thank you so much for the mention on your post. You’re too kind. Hawaii is filled with so much beauty and the hikes are always breathtaking. I attempted Kaena several times but never completed. Hoping to do the entire trail next time we visit Oahu.

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