5 Best Easy Hikes in Oahu (Easy Hiking Oahu Trails)
Are you looking for the best easy hikes in Oahu? Awesome! You’re in the right spot!
In this guide, we are going to explore the easy hikes in Oahu. I include duration, mileage, and difficulty level. This way you will know which of the most popular hikes in Oahu are easy.
My husband and I love to hike! We were determined to find the best easy hikes in Oahu and made it our mission! We were not disappointed and wished we had more time to explore all the amazing hikes on the Oahu!
Let’s explore some of the best easy hikes in Oahu, as well as some of the most popular hikes in Oahu!
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1. Diamond Head Crater Hike
The Diamond Head Crater hike is the most popular hike on Oahu. It is one of the easy hiking Oahu trails that you have to do!
Diamond Head Crater Hike
Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 1-2 hours
Diamond Head State Monument may be one of the most famous landmarks in Hawaii. This extinct volcano attracts millions of people looking for a great easy hike in Honolulu. It also offers amazing views.
Diamond Head is a steep hike that involves lots of stairs. But do not worry. It is still categorized as an easy hike in Oahu!
My husband and I are trail runners in the mountains of Utah and we actually ran up this trail. I didn’t think it was difficult but I was in pretty good shape.
This is an easy hike on Oahu that I highly recommend. Don’t be nervous I saw elderly people on this trail as well as small children. You will do great!
Parking is available at the start of the trail. There is an attendant to collect the entrance fee which is $10 per car. We arrived at 6:00 am and the lot was full! We ended up having to park about a mile away and walk to the hiking trail. If you are a pedestrian there is a $1 entrance fee. There are tour options to avoid the parking situation.
This hike has some amazing views, maybe the best in all of Hawaii. Be on the lookout for a cute lighthouse and an excellent view of Honolulu. This Honolulu hike is also really close to Waikiki, so if you are staying in that area, this is an easy hikes in Honolulu you need to experience!
The trail can be very crowded. While we were able to run up the trail, we had to zig and zag around hikers. And when we say there is a lot of stairs, we are not joking! There are also tunnels and dark places that you need to go through near the top to get to the spectacular views.
This is a great easy hike on Oahu that can be added to your “kid-friendly hikes in Oahu” list.
2. Manoa Falls Hike
Another great easy hike in on Oahu is Manoa Falls. This hike is a great easy hike to do on Oahu with kids.
Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 1-2 hours
Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate
Manoa Falls is one of the most beautiful easy hikes in Oahu! It is one of the closest areas and options for hiking in Waikiki.
Manoa Falls has been used in several movies and television shows such as Jurassic Park, Catching Fire, Lost, and Hawaii 5-0. The beauty is unreal, and it is no surprise these movies chose to use this trail to film at.
My husband and I are trail runners and wanted to make it our mission to find the best hikes in Oahu.
Manoa Falls is relatively close to Waikiki Beach, which was where we were staying. We wanted a short morning run, and this seemed like the perfect place. It did not disappoint! It is another great option for an easy hike in Honolulu.
This trail was so amazing and beautiful it stopped me in my tracks so many times because it is gorgeous. (Maybe not the best for trail running if you haven’t seen the beautiful sites before!)
This easy trail in Oahu was also muddy as it rains frequently in this part of the rainforest. This did not bother me one bit. I did however have to slow down and be a little careful on parts. It was by far the most beautiful of the hikes we did in Oahu!
In my opinion, this is the easiest hike in Oahu because you will not even realize that you have been hiking, it will feel more like exploring.
Parking is located at the bottom of Manoa Road. The cost is $5. There is an attendant there during certain hours. However, we are early risers and went at 6:30 am, and there was no one on duty and we could find no way to pay. So if you want to avoid the cost go early!
Side Notes and Warnings
The Manoa Falls Trail is part of the Honolulu Mauka Trail System consisting of 18 trails in the area. Manoa Falls is located in the Manoa Valley. It leads up to a 150-foot waterfall. The trail to get to the waterfall takes you in the mountains of Koolau in a tropical rain forest.
The pool beneath the waterfall is not safe to swim in. There is a threat of getting infected with leptospirosis, which causes flu-like symptoms for two weeks. The area near the falls is very muddy and slippery. I had a slip at one point while running. Use caution!
We did not venture to the top of the falls because we did not feel it was safe. Some hikers have fallen from the top. If you avoid the pool and venture to the top, you will be fine.
Easy Hikes in Oahu
I still define this as a “kid-friendly hike in Oahu” because as long as you are smart you will be just fine. Update: My kids hated this hike. We took them and it poured on them. They complained the entire time. We went during the rainy season so that may have been the reason! P.S. I still love it!
3. Makapuu Lighthouse Hike – Easy Hike on Oahu
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is a fairly easy hike on Oahu. It is mostly uphill but that is not too bad because on the way back it is completely downhill.
Miles: 2.0 round trip
Location: Honolulu Oahu Hawaii – Near Waikiki
Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
This hiking trail in Oahu is moderate but beautiful and worth the climb (about 500 ft) The views from the top of the hike are phenomenal.
You will have an incredible view of the whole island. If you look out to sea you will see humpback whales from December to May. This hike is worth checking out.
It is also another easy hike in Honolulu. On our last trip, I walked up while my husband ran. It wasn’t bad at all.
The gate opens at 7:00 am for the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail parking lot. If you would like to go earlier, you can park on the side of the road. Make sure you check the road signs and obey the law.
There is also a parking lot at Makapuu Point (you will have to hike back to the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail parking lot to start the hike but not too far). If you want to avoid parking there is a shuttle service available.
Side Notes and Warnings
This is a great easy hike in Oahu. The views are incredible. It is better to do this hike early in the morning as the day goes on the hotter it becomes.
There is an option to view the Makapuu tide pool and blowhole. It is pretty dangerous and not recommended for kids. If you are adventurous you can go down a little bit farther and see the tide pools. If the waves are crashing it is not recommended to go down that path.
4. Lanikai Pillbox Hike
Lanikai Pillbox Hike is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu.
Miles: 1 mile
Location: Westside Oahu (40 minutes from Waikiki)
Duration: 1 hour – 1.5 hours
The trail is moderate because the first part is very steep. Although you are steadily climbing upward, the hike is not as intense as the first part.
Many kids and families easily complete this trail. It takes about 20-30 minutes to reach the first pillbox. If you continue for about 10 more minutes you will reach the second pillbox.
The pillbox hike has some of the best views of the west side of Oahu. As you climb the views get better and better. This is a great hike for all ages! This is one of the easy hiking Oahu trails to consider.
There are a few parking spots located on the right side of the street that leads to the trail. More parking is located down the road on the left side.
This trail gets crowded quickly, so the earlier you go the better. Also, make sure to wear comfortable shoes. This is an easy hike on Oahu after the initial climb.
5. Waimea Falls Park
If you want a truly easy hike in Oahu. Waimea Falls is perfect. It probably is the best easy hike Oahu has to offer.
Miles: 1.5 round trip
Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii – North Shore
Duration: 1-2 Hours
Waimea Falls has more than just hiking and that is what you are paying for. There is a beautiful botanical garden leading up to the falls. Swimming is also available once you get to the falls. A lifeguard is on duty and a life vest must be worn.
Waimea Falls is a paved easy trail in Oahu that leads up to a waterfall. I really struggled to call this a hike because 3/4 of a mile is not a hike in my mind.
The site also charges $25 per adult, which I was skeptical about. On the bright side, if you have a stroller or wheelchair this is the perfect place to visit.
There are summer concerts and events available to attend. Some people even film in this location for movies.
This is probably one of the best easy hikes on Oahu.
Parking is free at Waimea Falls. If you travel farther down paid parking is available for the beach across the road. There is also a shuttle service available.
If you have a Go Ohau Card, this site is included. If swimming at the waterfall is unavailable the day you go, you will be able to come back at any time during over the next 10 days to experience swimming at the falls.
This is a perfect destination for an easy hike on Oahu!
Things to Bring on a Easy Hike on Oahu
These hikes are amazing and you are going to have a great time. There are a few things to pack for Hawaii but specifically for hiking in Hawaii. I recommend the following items:
Hawaii is a tropical paradise for all creatures. Luckily, I didn’t get too many bites but better safe than sorry.
Some of the hikes like Manoa Falls are completely covered but other hikes like Diamond Head you will be fully exposed to the sun. You do not want to get burned so make sure to apply some sunblock before hitting that trail.
Always bring a water bottle when you are hiking. This is my number one rule. You do not want to get dehydrated along a trail.
Bringing a backpack on your hike is a great idea. Store some extra energy-boosting snacks. You can also store everything listed above all in one spot.
Personally, when I hike I like to have my water handy. I love the runner’s belt because not only can I store my water but my cell phone can fit in the zipper pocket while I hike.
I hope these recommendations help you prepare for your easy hike on Oahu! The images below will lead your straight to Amazon.
Best Easy Hikes in Oahu and More!
Hopefully, you now can explore some easy hikes in Oahu and see which one is your favorite!
My favorite was Manoa Falls. If you have a favorite hike in Oahu, please let us know by leaving a comment below! Also, if you know of any other easy hikes in Oahu comment below!
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It’s been a very long time since I was on Oahu….this article makes me want to go back just to hike these awesome trails. Thanks!!
I want to go back too!
We love lush wet forest types hikes. Looks like we need to go there next.
I highly recommend it!
So beautiful! I’d love to go to Hawaii one day. I hope to. These pictures are simply stunning! I love that lighthouse, too.
Yes, there are so many beautiful spots!
great hikes..lots of variety!!
I haven’t made it to Hawai’i….YET! I love seeing all the hikes available. I didn’t consider myself a hiker until the military made me do it lol…but I actually enjoy it. When I make it to Hawai’i I’ll definitely have to check out the lighthouse and pillbox hikes. Those views are breathtaking!
Awesome, Moana Falls was unbelievable as well!
Hawaii is my younger daughter’s dream trip. We need to get there and do some of these hikes. The views are amazing.
It has always been my dream trip too but I have been so many other places and randomly decided to go!
We went to Oahu when I graduated high school! It was so pretty, I got to see a lot of what you have here to. So cool!
I love looking at the pictures and dreaming of going back! It is so pretty!
We did Moana Falls and it was not so easy. Of course a trail runner whizzed past us like it was no big deal. Love these hikes in Oahu, great list.
I thought it was very slippery, I was probably in the best shape of my life when we went so it seemed easier.
I love hiking, so this post was right up my alley. These spots look amazing, especially the waterfall and the lighthouse. And thank you for the notes and warnings on these. Good insider tips to know.
I love hiking or really running on trail! Especially in Hawaii!
The views look amazing!
I love day hikes especially in beautiful places like this. Pinning for my next visit!
This looks like an amazing place to hike and to visit in general. Someday we will get there. There are just so many places to visit in this world!
Hawaii is as good as everyone says! Such a great place!
I love to hike and Hawaii is definitely on my bucket list. These hikes look great!
They were so much fun!
Beautiful! Looks like I need to get in shape before going to Hawaii!
It helps for sure! Even snorkeling is kind of tough, but good exercise
I’ve done Diamond Head. Need to do the rest 🙂
For sure! I love hiking!
Going on the bucket list! Thank you for sharing.
Hawaii has been on my bucket list since I had a bucket, but it’s happening very soon. Your pictures just inspired me more to make it happen.
I know it is like that one destination everyone has in there bucket!
Great places to hike! I live on Oahu years ago and some of these were my favorites!
That would be awesome to live there!
So excited to check out Moana Falls this summer. I have done Diamond Head but when I was much younger, worried how I will do with all those stairs now! Wish me luck!
I loved Moana Falls, It was unreal being in a jungle!
Great list Lisa, my brother and his family are into hiking, and heading to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. I’m going to send them this list!
Awesome! I hope they have an amazing time!
I love hiking! I’m putting this on my list for it I ever get to visit Hawaii!
Oh good! I highly encourage Hawaii at list one time in life!
Such a lush, beautiful area. So nice to view from altitude! Thank you for sharing the hikes.
It is beautiful, the view from the top is amazing!
This is a great experience you’ve shared. Bucket lists status!
Oh for sure!
I want to do them all!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Beautiful! Great list. I love the lighthouse hike option!
Every hike is so beautiful in Oahu!
All the hikes in Ohau are beautiful for sure!
It looks like you had a lot of beautiful paths to hike!
Totally, so many great options!
Lots of great tips for memorable hikes.
I need to get back to the Islands soon! I’ve never actually spend time on Oahu, but I’ve loved hiking on the other islands!
I want to explore the other islands. We went Maui and Oahu.
Beautiful… I haven’t done much hiking, but would love to. Someday, we will visit Hawaii and check out some of these trails.
Oh it is on a wish list for sure!
These hikes look amazing! Thanks for sharing!
No problem! I love hiking
Every single one of these hiking trails looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.
Everything is just amazing in Hawaii especially the hikes!
Such a relaxing and peaceful hike! These are the best!!
Oh Thanks, I love hiking!
It looks so amazing!
Stunning photos of a gorgeous place. One of these days…
It really is stunning!
We love to get outdoors any time we travel. Hikes are always fun and Hawaii has been on my bucket list forever! Maybe we will get there soon!
It is a great adventure full of fun and relaxation!
Beautiful and amazing photos! What fantastic adventures!
It was so beautiful!
So many great hikes! We’ve done Diamond Head before and it was breathtaking!
Can’t wait for the things to get back to normal and see these beautiful place and go for a hike! Great article! Hawaii is on my bucket list!
I would love to go to Oahu again! So beautiful!
I’m all about the day hikes and these trails do look like the best hikes to try in Oahu. Will definitely want to hike them on my next trip to Hawaii.
They are so fun!
We took a hike in Oaha once with a guide and it was so off grid that I don’t even remember the name. These are great hikes you mentioned. I can’t wait to go back to Hawaii.
Hawaii is paradise and hiking is out of this world!
I would love to go to Hawaii and try some of these hikes out. Moana Falls is especially intriguing since Lost was filmed there. I just told my daughter that’s where we need to go….someday!
It was my favorite hike! It is incredible!
I would love to hike in Hawaii! It looks amazing and I love your photos!
It is so beautiful! I can’t wait to go back!
I’ve seen so many great hikes in Hawaii. I would love to do the hike to lighthouse.