Did you know that March 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day? Will you be heading out-of-doors next Thursday to get some sun, some exercise?
If you live on O’ahu, you’re in luck! Though the island is the most populated island of Hawaii (due to the presence of Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital city), there are still plenty of ways to get outside, walk, hike, and explore. Here are some of the best state parks on O’ahu.
Diamond Head State Monument
It’s one of the island’s most famous and popular parks, that iconic old volcanic head you can see from just about everywhere in the Honolulu metro area. Either spend a relaxing afternoon in the park enjoying a walk, or climb the short but steep trail to the top of the volcano for absolutely breathtaking views of the Pacific, Waikiki, and the Honolulu skyline.
Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site
Located on the North Shore of O’ahu on Waimea Bay (famous as one of the best surfing spots in Hawaii and home to the Quicksilver Big Wave Invitation), Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau is the site of three historic temples to the volcano goddess Pele, dating back from the 1600’s. It’s a great place for a short, but scenic, walk.
Ka’ena Point State Park
This park isn’t just for hiking (though it is a favorite activity). Located on the westernmost tip of the island on rugged and remote volcanic coastline, Ka’aena Point State Park is a great place for snorking, surfing, or simply bathing on the beach—as well as hiking along the Ka’ena Point Trail. This 5-mile trip takes you along the coastline for views of wildlife, tide pools, and the endless blue Pacific.
Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
Breathtaking views of the O’ahu coastline and the Makapu’u Lighthouse await at Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. It’s located on the southern tip of the Windward Coast just a few miles south of Waimanalo Beach, and it’s home to the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail, from which you can enjoy truly amazing natural and historic views.
Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area
Keaiwa Heiau was once a native Hawaiian temple of healing, and today, the historic site still stands as a tribute to native rituals and spirituality. Located in the heart of the island just east of Aiea and Pearl Harbor, Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area is home to the Aiea Loop Trail, from which can be viewed lush native plants, wildlife, and even remnants of a B-24 WWII bomber plane.
Wa’ahila Freshwater State Recreation Area
Located in the heart of O’ahu just north of Mililani near the Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield, Wahiawa Freshwater State Recreation Area is home to the Wa’ahila Ridge Trail, a 2.5-mile scenic hike through a native forest of guava trees to beautiful views of the Manoa and Palolo Valleys.
Come Explore O’ahu—Any Time of Year
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