Koko Head Trail is one of those trails where you ask yourself, "Why am I doing this again?" I am not sure of the numbers of... more » steps it takes to get up to the top but it's a lot. For the most part, the trail can be crowded later in the morning so it's best to go early. The people there range from the very fit to the "Sherpa Grandma/Grandpa." I saw kids and dogs doing this trail but don't let that fool you. You will be sweating and breathing deep about half way through.
The view from the top is breathtaking. You can, on a clear day, see all three Islands and the other side of Koko crater. There are plenty of places to hang out at the top but there were a lot of bugs when I was up there. The trail isn't very shady but there a few sections you can sneak a break.
Overall this isn't much a hike but a workout with a view at the end. Wear nice shoes (hiking shoes or Vibrams that grip) and take you're time going up and down. You don't want to hurt yourself by slipping or having a heart attack.
Afterwards I recommend getting some Shave Ice over at the shopping center. There's also a Jamba Juice or Teddy's Big Burgers. If you need a carb fix I suggest Boston's Pizza. less «