The surrounding area around Hanauma Bay offers spectacular hiking trails that showcase the breathtaking beauty of the island. Lets explore some of them.
Koko Crater Trail
The Koko Crater Trail, also known as the Koko Head Stairs, is an exhilarating hike that provides panoramic views of Hanauma Bay and the southeastern coast of O’ahu. The trail consists of 1,048 repurposed railroad ties that lead to the summit of Koko Crater, an extinct volcanic tuff cone. This challenging hike rewards climbers with unobstructed, 360-degree views of the island and the ocean.
Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail
The Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail is a moderately challenging hike that follows the ridge above the bay, providing impressive views of Hanauma Bay, Koko Crater, and the surrounding coastline. This 3-mile round trip hike offers a variety of terrains, including rocky paths and sections of exposed ridges. The trailhead is located near the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve entrance and parking area.
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
A short drive from Hanauma Bay, the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is a family-friendly, paved path that leads to the historic Makapu’u Lighthouse. The 2-mile round trip hike features stunning vistas of the southeastern coast, including views of the nearby islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i on clear days. The trailhead is located just off Kalanianaole Highway near the Makapu’u Lookout.
Kaupo Beach Park to Pele’s Chair
This lesser-known coastal trail begins at Kaupo Beach Park and leads to the unique volcanic formation known as Pele’s Chair. The 2.5-mile round trip hike takes you along the shoreline, offering beautiful ocean views and opportunities for spotting marine life. The trailhead can be found at the end of Kaupo Beach Park’s parking lot.