The Wiliwilinui Trail

Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail on Oahu is a hiking experience like no other. Nestled on the southeastern side of the island, this trail is a personal favorite of mine. Spanning approximately 4.5 miles round trip, it’s both challenging and rewarding.

Covered in rich greenery of native Hawaiian plants, including the striking wiliwili trees, vibrant ohia-lehua blossoms, and delicate ferns, it’s a beautiful experience from start to finish.

The trail's steep inclines and rocky terrain definitely demand a moderate level of fitness, but the effort is undoubtedly worth it. As you gain altitude, the trail opens up to breathtaking panoramic views of Oahu's eastern coastline. The view of the bustling city of Honolulu below was a striking contrast to the natural beauty surrounding us. 

Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail is well-maintained and marked, ensuring a safe journey. Nevertheless, I recommend wearing shoes with a decent tread, carrying plenty of water, and being prepared for variable weather conditions, especially if there has been recent rainfall. As long as you’re okay with a little mud, it’s a fun adventure regardless. 

One of the aspects I appreciate most about this trail is that it's often less crowded than some of the more popular hikes on Oahu. 

It truly is a hidden gem that I wholeheartedly recommend. Whether you're a seasoned hiker seeking a challenge or simply looking to soak in the beauty of Hawaii's natural landscape, this trail delivers in spades. It's a memorable adventure that showcases the island's lush vegetation and awe-inspiring ocean views, making it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Oahu.

- Lucy Heath