Hiking Hawaii: Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike
With so many hikes around Oahu, it is not hard to pick one that will suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a short hike, all day hike, shaded hike to a waterfall or a hike with views of the coast, you can find one on the beautiful island of Oahu. On Tuesday 2/23/15 Vlad and I decided to get some exercise and headed to hike the Hanauma Bay Ridge. As we were driving towards the southeastern part of the island, the weather was getting gloomier by the minute. After parking our car we walked along the highway looking for the trail head. Ignoring Uncle Sam’s “No Trespassing” signs we quickly found ourselves on a small paved road with no one around us.
Soon after that we met a local couple walking their dog and asked some questions about the trail. We also confirmed our suspicion that the “No Trespassing” signs are widely ignored by locals who enjoy this scenic area.
We walked up the paved but steep road and found ourselves overlooking Hanauma Bay State Park which we visited and snorkeled on our first trip to Hawaii five years ago. The park is closed on Tuesday so there was no soul in sight. The sky was cloudy so the water was not as blue as on a sunny day. But the views were still spectacular.
Right behind us was our frenemy Koko Head, a super steep rail hike which we hiked two days before (see previous post). As always, it looked bad ass.
We read online that there is a natural stone bridge somewhere on the coast but were not able to locate it despite asking a few locals. But that’s probably for the best as it was a very windy day and the bridge is often swept away by large waves and it claimed some lives in the past.
Anyhow, here are some photos of our hike.
This was shortly after we started the hike. Looking back there was Koko Head as well as the Hawaii Kai residential neighborhood. On our right was Hanauma Bay State Park. Hanauma Bay State Park in its full glory - no tourists as it's closed on Tuesdays. The first part of the hike was on a paved road that ended at these weird structures. After that point we walked down a pretty steep part of the mountain towards the ocean. Looking for the natural bridge we took a small detour and walked close to the shore when we spotted these weird tents. They looked pretty suspect so we quickly walked back to the main trail. After asking some local friends we came to conclusion that these tents were most likely set up by fishermen. Back on the trail and walking back towards Hanauma Bay we got to admire Koko Head and these cool silver trees. Vlad taking in the view. Hiking in Hawaii makes me really happy. Standing on the edge overlooking the bay. Sometimes you just have to take a break and a selfie ;-) That white dot is me walking back towards the main paved trail which is located on the top edge on the horizon. The last part of the hike was very steep. Nature can be so beautiful. Hanauma Bay on its rest day. After we got back to the main trail (paved road) we spotted some more people getting their exercise or walking their dogs. Luckily we hit no traffic on the way back. You'd probably be surprised to know that Honolulu is in the top 3 (LA & SF) for worst traffic among US cities. That's one of very few flaws of this place.
We had great time at Hanauma bay. It's a perfect spot to experience Hawaii's marine life. We got there about 7am and the parking lot was full when we left at 10:30am. Hanauma Bay is a preserve, and it seems to be managed well. . great snorkeling - so many colorful fish. The water was cloudy on our visit because of the ocean surge outside the Bay. T Be sure to look your car and take valuables with you as the lot is known for theft. Here’s some photos from our visit to Hanauma Bay. https://lookintohawaii.com/hawaii/4187/hanauma-bay-nature-preserve-beach-park-beach-oahu-honolulu-hi
Tom @ https://lookintohawaii.com
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