Nature & parks in Honolulu

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Nature & Parks in Honolulu

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  • Jessica
    11 contributions
    The amazing view makes the hike worth it!!
    We went to Diamond Head Crater our first day in Hawaii. It was hot, but definitely worth it! We saw birds and got our first amazing views of Oahu, the city of Honolulu, the beach, and the mountains. Take water, stay hydrated, and keep climbing! You can do it!
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Hunnicutts
    Friendswood, TX84 contributions
    I was unable to get tickets online no matter how hard I tried, so I gave up. We went on a drive and happened to pass by and saw a sign that said “parking passes available” and went in. I was given two tickets and was immediately able to go in. I didn’t mind the cost and parking was free. I didn’t mind watching the video. It wasn’t too crowded and the snorkeling was amazing! You can’t snorkel and see much if you only go in up to your waist as there either isn’t much to see and/or the water is cloudy from the waves. If you venture out, you will see amazing fish and coral. We were shocked at how clear everything was! Two hours was as long as we could handle the sun, but that was plenty long enough. We were there from 10:00 AM to noon. I HIGHLY recommend this place!
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • Linda W
    10 contributions
    A round trip 2-mile, paved hike to the top. It offers fantastic views of the area and light house, with gorgeous blue waters and beautiful beaches.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • aarah l
    Saint Louis, Missouri, United States41 contributions
    Manoa Falls was beautiful!! About a 30 min hike uphill. Once you reach the waterfall be careful. The waterfall area is rocky to get down to and you are really not supposed to go down into the waterfall area due to possible falling rocks. Waterfall was beautiful…the trail was also beautiful! Definitely a must do!
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • Andres C
    Newington, CT366 contributions
    This is a very doable yet challenging hike. It’s all ascending and steep and there is a section where I’d advise taking the “alternate route” instead of going over the railway. With that said, plenty of people didn’t take the alternate route and you’ll see others literally running up/down without missing a step. If you’re on vacation, don’t ruin your vacation getting hurt. There are plenty of other hikes you want to stay healthy and injury free for.

    With that said, I saw plenty of people in flip flops. Don’t do this. Most of the people that get hurt on these trails do not come even a little bit prepared. If you’re a Teva user, no these aren’t hiking shoes. There’s lot of dry dirt at Koko and in most of the Oahu trails and Tevas roll right over the dirt causing you to lose your footing.

    You’re doing this hike for the thrill and the challenge for sure. There are some decent views at the top, but the summit itself isn’t all that nice. I’d recommend it in the early morning or time it for sunset. If you go during sunset, be prepared to sweat a lot and pack lots of water!Also, if you do it for sunset, you’ll likely be doing a portion of the hike back down in the dark. You’ll be in good company, but be extra careful and even consider a flashlight.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Ottawa52
    Canada46 contributions
    The very top end of the beach by the Hilton Lagoon is rocky otherwise beautiful Sandy beach and awesome temps. Friday night fireworks at the Hilton Lagoon end of the beach are an absolute MUST! They are amazing. Boardwalk goes most of the way from the top end. Lots of bars, restaurants and shops you can access. It is Waikiki and areas of the beach can be crowded. And it’s hot there. You will want some shade. Umbrellas available for rent or find a palm tree. Many people swim in the early evening when the sand isn’t hot
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Cary L
    San Diego, CA694 contributions
    Take a drive up to Makiki Heights to experience winding Tantalus Drive and the views from Pu'u Ualaka'a wayside. You'll be out of town quickly and into lush, beautiful surroundings with great views of the city and the coast. The higher you go, the better it gets. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll feel you've left the city and entered a troplical jungle.
    Note: The road is sometimes closed for repairs at the higher level.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Cary L
    San Diego, CA694 contributions
    This large urban park sits right on the water in the heart of the city. It has a long, uncrowded beach, a protected lagoon for children, acres of trees and lawns, ample free parking, and accessible walking paths. Every evening, people gather here to watch the sunset. Add the nearby hotels, restaurants, and shops, and this is so much better than Waikiki.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Thomas W
    Huntington, WV28 contributions
    I used to go there nearly every day to swim a mile in the 70's in graduate school at UH-Manoa. Rode a bike down from Manoa Valley.
    Written 22 September 2022
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  • Denise R
    Sydney, Australia29 contributions
    What a wonderful place to stop and watch the world go by. It can get very crowded as there are sheltered areas for children to swim and play
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • Llewellyn53
    Melbourne, Australia4,055 contributions
    A good sized park located between Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. There are frequently displays, free Hawaiian Band Concerts and today the Waikiki Art Fest, Zoo Wall Art and the Na Hula Festival all on the one day.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • Ben1275
    Oslo, Norway206 contributions
    Absolutely beautiful garden in forest area, with wide variation of trees and plants, many of them truly lovely. A small waterfall that can be accessed. Great location in a hilly area. Free entrance, but a donation is kindly requested, as the site is part of Honolulu University. We enjoyed it tremendously, strongly recommended!
    Written 27 July 2022
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  • Creeping_Death_LA
    Los Angeles, CA4,194 contributions
    I didn't have a rental car so I took the public bus to the closest stop near the park. Getting an Uber was almost impossible in that area. The hassle of getting there was well worth it in the end. The view and the surrounding area is beautiful and must be seen in person.
    Written 22 April 2021
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  • Cary L
    San Diego, CA694 contributions
    Located in the heart of Honolulu, this botanical garden has a great variety of native and foreign plants. It's a wonderful place to spend an hour or two in a relaxing environment right in town. All the pathways are accessible, so it's a very welcoming place for everyone.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • mcgon1979
    Cabinteely, Ireland120 contributions
    Yikes. Shocked to see the recent reviews.. Yes there are several homeless people who live near the pier but the beach itself didn't have homeless on it and it was clean and safe. The beach seat rental hut was well staffed and we felt safe the entire time there. Water was not too crowded either way beach. I imagine weekends are more crowded everywhere in Waikiki. I loved kuhio and would return with my kids age 6 and 8. I often feel intimidated by the homeless it mentally ill but it wasn't an issue here. Saw them on the strip in front of these beaches but also do a very high police presence and ambassador level. The ambassador's wear bright polo shirts and walk up and Waikiki beach area to support tourists. Looks like everything is back to normal.
    Written 14 April 2022
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