When it comes to hiking on O’ahu, two particular trails stand out to me as favorites. The first, located just west of Aina Haina, is a 4.7 mile out and back trail with 1,600ft of elevation gain.
Although challenging, with some rather steep sections near the summit, this trail is sure to provide some of the best views of Hawaii Kai, Waimanalo, and Wailupe Valley. These are unforgettable 360° views only found here in Hawaii - at least, ones at gorgeous as this one.
If you’re not in the mood for the steep stairs of Wiliwilinui, and prefer something more gradual while still getting in a strong workout, then Kuli’ou’ou Ridge is a tried and true favorite of mine. The trailhead is in the back of Kuli’ou’ou Valley and is an out and back trail 4.3 miles in length and has 1,650ft of elevation gain. Although a more heavily trafficked trail than Wiliwilinui, Kuli’ou’ou is a great place to go with friends and family. The views of Waimanalo at the top are simply breathtaking.
-Tyson DeCastro, '24
Pioneer Saloon is one of the restaurants that I miss the most when I’m away from home. I spent a few summers working as a cashier here, and I was lucky to try most of the items on their menu. If you’re in town looking for a tasty and authentic Japanese plate lunch, then Pioneer Saloon is the way to go. My favorite dish has to be the Garlic Ahi Steak, medium-rare, with Shiso Wakame rice and pasta salad. You can go check them out on Monsarrat Ave near Diamond Head, or at SALT at Kaka’ako!
-Adam O'Leary, '22
My favorite golf course is the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club located in Maunawili. It is a par-72, and is surrounded by dense forest and is one of the most challenging courses I have played at. If you plan on golfing here, I recommend packing a few more balls than you usually carry. (Don’t ask me what I shot, I was still learning how to golf and was pretty atrocious). I really really really miss golfing and home now since I’ve looked at these pictures and am remembering golfing with my friends and family.
-Jason Uechi, '24