If your New Year’s resolution was to burn those buns, this is the date for you. It starts behind the Goeas Baseball Field at Koko Head Park in Hawaii Kai (on the way to Hanauma Bay). The locals hike up over the newly landscaped hill surrounding the baseball field to the bottom of the old rail track–part of an abaondoned incline tram used by the military during World War II–then start the more than 1000–step trek to the top of 1208 foot Koko Crater for a great workout, panoramic view of East Honolulu, and bonding experience that involves a lot of sweating and panting
Do’s and Don’ts: For a better view on the way up, let her go first.
Need something to uplift you or help you regain peace of mind? The Contemporary Art Museum in Makiki Heights can help you out. Walk on a path through a meandering garden of tropical plants.
Or sit in David Hockney’s L’Enfant et les Sortil ges (The Child and the Enchantment), installed in the Milton Cades Pavilion. On the day of our visit, aerial beach and water scenes that were part of On the Beach: Photographs by Richard Misrach were on display.
The restaurant offers light fare and the Art Shop is the best place to find fun and unique gifts that anyone can appreciate. (Maybe!)
Entry fee: $5.00 or $45 annual membership for you and a guest
Restaurant: Sweet & Sour Soup $3.50, Grilled Veggies on focaccia $10.50(we split one) and Freshly-Squeezed Lemonade $3.50
Do’s and Don’ts on this date: As long as you’re up in Makiki Heights, take a drive around Tantalus and Round Top for the most exquisite scenic views of Honolulu, and/or do a Tantalus Hike.
Looking for a quick stroll in the forest or for a refreshing swim? This is the ticket. Right off the Pali Highway, just outside of Downtown Honolulu, the Judd Trail is an easy hike that runs along Nu’uanu Stream to Jackass Ginger Pond and then continues in a 1 mile loop, with minimal elevation gain. Jackass Ginger Pond is a great swimming hole with a 10 foot waterfall into the pond and a rope swing to jump from into the water, which is up to 8 feet deep in some places. Be warned that this pond is surrounded by boulders, which means there might be boulders in the water. Remember, “sticks and stone can break my bones,” so jumping is at your own risk.
Those looking for more of a workout can take an alternative path to a higher elevation, Pauoa Flats, and finally Nu’uanu Valley Overlook (1600 feet) which has views of the Pali, higher peaks in the Ko’olau Range, the Wai’anae Range, Nu’uanu Valley, and Punchbowl.
Do’s and don’ts: Do consider mosquito repellent or walk fast. Don’t try anything fancy off the rope.
Lanipo is a tough seven-mile roundtrip hike and for once I can’t tell you about the spectacular views
because when I reached the Koolau summit after one and a half hours of hiking, it was clouded over.
The route begins at the top of Mauna Lani Heights above Kaimuki.
If you attempt Lanipo, be prepared to do some rock hopping in the first mile where the trail drops from its Maunalani Heights starting point into a low saddle and resumes climbing. Thereafter, you’ll be subjected to a long series of mostly ups and a few downs. Along the way, you can look down into both Palolo and upper-Manoa valleys. Near the top, you can look left into upper-Palolo Valley and see Ka’au Crater and a waterfall that cascades from a gap in it. Beautiful stuff, no doubt.
This is not for the novice as it does require upper body strength to climb using some ropes and some steep and slippery areas. bring water, snack, and your cell phone in case of emergency. we did the hike in 3 hours, but most hiking books suggest 5-6 hours so start early in the day. do not get caught in the mountains in the dark. even with a light the ridgeline hikes have been know to eat hikers for dinner.