O’ahu is the third-largest island in Hawaii out of 132 islets. To experience the true beauty of O’ahu hiking you have to know some shortcuts.
A moderate 2-mile hike of Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail offers panoramic vistas of the southeastern coastline with an occasional sighting of migrating whales. Earlier this year, the trail was repaved adding new viewing areas and more resting benches along the way – in case you need a breather.
Ka’ena Point Trail is home to many of Hawaii’s native plants and seabirds. The trail can be explored along the shoreline and has the option of a dirt road route too. Keep your eyes peeled for napping Hawaiian Monk seals.
Before you head out for adventure, pack these items:
• Snacks – Fresh fruit and vegetables, and nuts are a healthful way to replenish energy levels.
• Sunscreen – Protect your skin from sun damaging effects such as sunburn and skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure can also cause premature aging skin and skin discolorations.
• Clothing – Have a hat and sunglasses handy to help further protect you from the sun. Proper footwear is a must; poor fitting shoes can be painful and debilitating.
Let’s stay true to the Hawaiian principle of malama i kekahi i kekahi, – take care of one, take care of all and be respectful of the land! We are fortunate to enjoy O’ahu’s beauty.