Koko head


1.5Mi/ 2.4km(30-1hr)

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation gain: 1200ft/m

Park Time: Sunrise-Sunset

Parking: Parking at Koko Head Park

What to expect: Koko Head consists of climbing 1,048 steps to the top of the Koko Head Crater. While this hike will test your endurance, you will be rewarding with some of the best views of the island. You can see Aina Haina, Sandys Beach, and a large portion of the south shore. This is one of the best spots on the  Island for both sunrise and sunset!

The trail begins behind the baseball field at Koko Head Park. This hike can get very crowded and is a popular workout spot. (President Obama is known to hike here when he visits home). 

The stairs are old railroad tracks that the military once used to transport equipment and supplies to the pillbox style bunkers on top of the crater. 

Directions to Koko Head:

  • If leaving from Waikiki, take the Kalaianaoli Highway (H-1) south.
  • Keep going as it eventually turns into Highway 72.
  • When you reach the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, turn left on to Lunalilo Home Road
  • Take a right onto Anapalau Street
  • Take a Left into Koko Head District Park
  • Park, and then proceed behind the baseball field, towards Koko Head


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