1. Manoa Falls
This beautiful hike will take you through the jungle in Honolulu all the way to a beautiful waterfall. It was a pretty easy hike with tons of flowers and gorgeous trees to make you want to never get off the trail. I would do potty breaks right before going on the hike cause there will be no place to go to the bathroom at on your way up. Once you reach the end you can find your perfect rock and just chill and admire the waterfall. The best time to go is in the morning and a day or two after a strong rainfall has passed. It will bring the waterfall to a full life that will keep you wondering why you would ever want to leave the island. This hike is fairly easy for kids and tons of fun. Read more about it here.
Length: 1.5 miles round trip
Waterfall: 150 foot fall.
Elevation: 784 feet
Cost: Parking – $3
Small shop by the parking area to refresh at after the hike.
3860 Manoa Rd.,
Honolulu, HI 96822
2. Diamond Head Crater Trail
Diamond Head was a fairly easy hike with gorgeous views of Waikiki, Honolulu, and all the way around to Hanauma Bay. The view is absolutely breathtaking. The path is rugged most of the way but has some paved areas as well as tons of stairs towards the top. There’s several pillboxes where you can go to to get the best views. There are no restrooms on the top so potty breaks before starting and once arriving to the parking lot is definitely a must for the little ones. I highly recommend arriving early when the park opens so you can take advantage of the cool morning weather. Read more about our Diamond Head Crater Trail here.
Cost: Parking – $5 per vehicle.
Small gift shop by the parking area for souveniers as well as food trucks and shaved ice. Leonard’s Bakery is not to far away from here. They have very delicious treats. Read more about it here.
Length: 1.6 miles round trip
Elevation: 521 ft
Diamond Head Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
3. Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
This hike is fully paved. The way up and down is absolutely breathtaking. When starting the hike you will see Sandy Beach and Koko Head Crater to the right and then it’ll loop around the mountain to where you can see the ocean and the whales splashing around as well as the Makapu’u Tidepools down below. Once you reach the end of the trail you will see two small islands (pictured above) making the end even more amazing then ever imagined. You will also see the small lighthouse right below this scenic point. On your way back down you will see a small rugged trail on the left leading to the lighthouse. It’s best to arrive early to get good parking or else you’ll have to walk quiet a ways. There’s no restrooms here so I would take napkins or baby wipes in case your little ones can’t hold it. There’s a few good bushes to hide in. Don’t forget to always have hand sanitizer and to always clean up after yourself. Read more about the Makapu’u Lighthouse hike here.
No shops or restroom. They had an area under construction for restrooms and a lookout so it may be open at this time.
Length: 3.3 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 1220 feet
Location: Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795
4. Ehukai Pillbox Hike
This hike was so much fun. One of my favorites. When you arrive you will go through the mountain and work your way up to two different pillboxes, each with breathtaking views overlooking the North Shore of Oahu and the beautiful Banzai Pipeline beach area. You will also see the beautiful tidepools down below. This is the popular hike that we all see on social media with the peace sign. Yes that one. It’s so beutiful. Definitely bring wipes or toilet paper as there’s no restrooms here. There’s shops and food trucks a little ways down the road closer to the Banzai Pipeline as well as restrooms which is a short driving distance from the parking area. Don’t miss out on the fish tacos there. They’re amazing. Best on the island.
No shops or restrooms on trail but there is a few food trucks and local shops on Kamehameha Hwy right down the road from the trail point.
Length: 2.4 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 912 feet
Location: 59-178 Ke Nui Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712
5. Waimea Falls
Waimea is another gorgeous hike found on the North Shore of Oahu. This gorgeous hike has a small creek running from the waterfall all the way to Waimea Bay. The whole trail is paved and sorrounded by gorgeous botanical gardens and historical buildings such as huts. This trail was fairly easy and has a beautiful waterfall at the end where you can swim at. There’s lifeguards present there and lifejackets available to use. This trail requires an admission ticket to do but it’s worth it. It’s beautiful. This trail is also handicapped accesible which is awesome cause you can take your senior family members on this trail with no problems whatsoever. They even have a small tram that will take them up to the waterfall and back down. There are restrooms located at both ends of the trail which is awesome for the little ones and there’s also changing rooms by the waterfall as well.
Cost: Adults $16, Seniors $12, Children $8 (military discounts available.)
Shops and restrooms available.
Length: 2 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 429 feet
Location: 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Phone: (808) 638-7766
There’s so much beauty out there. May this post help you and your little ones go on some awesome adventures while exploring the beautiful island of Oahu.