Hiking Manoa Falls Easy Hike in Oahu Hawaii
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The Best Easy Hikes in Oahu

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 island!

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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Most Popular Hike in Oahu – Diamond Head Crater Hike

View from Diamond Head Crater Hike in Oahu Hawaii

Diamond Head Crater Hike

Miles: 1.6

Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Duration: 1-2 hours

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

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 hike with amazing views.

The Trail

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.

The 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

Parking is available at the start of the trail.  There is an attendant to collect the entrance fee which is $5 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. 

Side Notes  

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 hike is also really close to Waikiki, so if you are staying in that area 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.

Easy Hike in Oahu – Manoa Falls HikeEasy hikes in Oahu - manoa Falls

Moana Falls 

Miles: 1.6

Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Duration: 1-2 hours

Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Manoa Falls is one of the most beautiful easy hikes in Oahu!

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. 

The Trail

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

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!

Easy Hike in Oahu – Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

Easy hikes in Oahu Makapuu Lighthouse

Miles: 2.0 round trip

Location: Honolulu Oahu Hawaii – Near Waikiki

Duration: 30 – 45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

The Trail 

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.

Parking

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.

Popular Hike in Oahu – Lanikai Pillbox Hike

easy hike in Oahu Lanikai Pillbox HIke

Miles: 1 mile

Location: Westside Oahu (40 minutes from Waikiki)

Duration: 1 hour – 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

The Trail

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!

Parking

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.

Side Notes

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.  

Easy Hike in Oahu – Waimea Falls ParkWaimea Valley Oahu HAwaii

Waimea Falls

Miles: 1.5 round trip

Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii – North Shore

Duration: 1-2 Hours

Difficulty:  Easy

Cost: $14-$18

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.

The Trail

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 $18 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

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. 

Side Notes

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 OahuEast Hikes 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: 

Bug Spray

Hawaii is a tropical paradise for all creatures. Luckily, I didn’t get too many bites but better safe than sorry. 

Sunblock

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. 

Water Bottle 

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. 

Backpack

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.  

Runner’s Belt

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 hike! The images below will lead your straight to Amazon.

 

 

Best Easy Hikes in Oahu and More!Water fall in Hawaii

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! 

See More of Hawaii

Hiking in Oahu made me want to explore the other islands. I can’t wait to hike on Kauai, and then with my kids on Maui!

Have fun in paradise! I have you covered if you are looking for more things to do in Oahu with kids or just a great One Week in Oahu itinerary.    We loved snorkeling in Oahu especially at Hanauma Bay.  Pearl Harbor is also amazing. 

We also loved doing all the things on the North Shore including the  Polynesian Cultural Center, Jurassic AdventureDole Pineapple Plantation!

I also can help you with what to pack for Hawaii and finding the best family resorts on Oahu.  

Also, you may be interested in my One Day in Maui itinerary, or my crazy experience driving in Maui on the road of death, if you decide to island-hop to Maui.

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88 Comments

  1. 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!!

  2. So beautiful! I’d love to go to Hawaii one day. I hope to. These pictures are simply stunning! I love that lighthouse, too.

  3. 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!

  4. Hawaii is my younger daughter’s dream trip. We need to get there and do some of these hikes. The views are amazing.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. I thought it was very slippery, I was probably in the best shape of my life when we went so it seemed easier.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. Beautiful… I haven’t done much hiking, but would love to. Someday, we will visit Hawaii and check out some of these trails.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

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