While you can’t really go wrong with any view around Oahu, there are certainly times and places that bring out the most picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean that will simply take your breath away. Whether a local or planning a trip to the area, these are some of the prime spots and hiking trails around Oahu that provide the most spectacular views of the ocean, beaches, and horizons that you’ve ever seen. You really can’t go wrong with any or all of the destinations on our list.
2760 Round Top Dr
Honolulu, HI 96822
The Pu’u U’alaka’a State Park is one of the most popular Oahu parks for tourists and locals alike. It allows locals to break away from the chaos of the city life and provides tourists with remarkable ocean views that they’ve probably never seen anything like. The U’alaka’a Loop Trail provides beautifully forested areas that make hiking the one mile loop a fun woodsy adventure. The lookout offers a panoramic view of southern Oahu from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor, including Honolulu and Manoa Valley. There are also picnic tables and water fountains spread around the park for those that want to bring a snack or lunch with them and have a relaxing afternoon taking in the sun and wind of Hawaii.
45-219 Kokokani Place St
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Located high above Kaneohe Bay on ten beautiful acres of trees, flowers, birds and solitude is Friendship Garden. If you’re a novice hiker or want to make a family day of it and bring the kids, then this is a great option for you. It'll be good exercise for those who aren't used to hiking, however for the avid hiker, it may be considered a little easier. Regardless of what experience with hiking you have, the amazing panoramic view of Kaneohe that you experience from the lookout point will impress everyone just the same.
248 N Kalaheo Ave
Kailua, HI 96734
More of a local hidden gem, Kalama Beach
Park is located on the beautiful 2.5-mile stretch that makes up Kailua Beach along Oahu’s windward coast. This beach is relatively
secluded and offers a great option if you want
to avoid the high-traffic touristy spots but still
want to experience the amazing views Hawaii
has to offer. With Turtle Island to your left and
the mesmerizing sunset to your right, this spot
is great to come with family and friends to just
sit and take in all of Oahu’s beauty.
Lanikai Pillbox Hike
382-498 Kaelepulu Dr
Kailua, HI 96734
The Lanikai Pillbox Hike, also popularly known as the Kaiwa Ridge Trail, offers hikers some of the best views of Oahu’s windward side. Ranked intermediate because of the steep grade of uphill climb at the beginning of the trail, this is a fun 60-90 minute hike that is great for the slightly more experienced hiker or a hike with the older kids in your family. You have the option to stop at the first or second pillbox, or even continue on further if you’re feeling adventurous. Whatever distance you go, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the Mokulua Islands, Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach and its surrounding residential neighborhoods.
Kaneohe, HI 96744
If you’re looking for a bit more adventurous hike, then the Oneawa Hills trail might be for you. This moderate level hike is full of vegetation so it is recommended that you wear pants. The total trail length is a 7-mile loop, but there is also an option to do just a 3-mile loop if you want something shorter (from Friendship Garden Trail, head to The Kapaa Quarry lookout and back). There is quite of bit of incline and portions that require ropes, so this may not be the best option for a novice hiker. The views you get of the Quarry are amazing and only get better as you continue on.
Nu'uanu Pali, HI 96817
If you’re afraid of heights, I probably wouldn’t even suggest this next hike! The Pali Puka trail
is a short but exhilarating hike that is a steep climb along the narrow ridgeline of the Ko’olau
Mountains. With sheer vertical drops off the
ridges and high winds often blowing at you,
this hike is not for the faint of heart. However,
the reward is amazing. If you’re brave enough
to look up, the hike provides some of the best panoramic views of Oahu’s windward coast, since the trail is completely exposed. And once you reach the trail’s peak, you’ll see Pali Puka,
a small window in the rock face of the mountain that provides breathtaking views and a great photo op.
Whether a native to the area or you’re first time visiting, any of these views will solidify your love for this island and make you want to live here forever. If you feel the urge to buy a piece of this gorgeous area, please don’t hesitate to contact us — we’d love to help you find your little piece of paradise!