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Lanikai Pillboxes

382 Kaelepulu Dr, Aalapapa Drive, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-3312
+1 808-261-2727
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challenging, steep, short hike!

staying in nearby kailua with fam over the xmas holidays. we came along here one morning. no place... read more

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jarmwr40
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British Columbia, Canada
Hike to see view above Lanikai Beach

Touted as an easy 1.6 mile hike. More like 5 miles one-way and moderate boulders to hike over... read more

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382 Kaelepulu Dr, Aalapapa Drive, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-3312
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382 Kaelepulu Dr, Aalapapa Drive, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-3312
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Reviewed yesterday

staying in nearby kailua with fam over the xmas holidays. we came along here one morning. no place to park, dropped off. the start of the trail is opposite the "mid pacific country club" golf course, easy to find. this hike is also known as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Touted as an easy 1.6 mile hike. More like 5 miles one-way and moderate boulders to hike over. Great view on top, but parked car and thought we could return, turns out we were closer to were we stayed near Kalapawai so went home and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can approach from waterside or from enchanted lake side. The time of day is not a factor but lighting drama is best from eastern approach in the early evening...bring flashlight if staying past sunset. Rocky but not precipitous. Climbing from beach side best earlier in...More

Thank 55Malu2011
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked to the pillboxes with an infant on my back, it took just about 25 mins. Go at sunrise for some of the best views of the ocean and mooks! Will be back again 5/5🌶

Thank Kinggillen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife had done the 'Pillbox Hike' several times, and I joined her for one. I've got bad knees, so as I climbed, I was not looking forward to the hike back down. Not as tough a hike up as it isn't too long. The...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I recently hiked the Lanikai Pillbox trail. Many tourists stop at the first pillbox, but the rest of the trail affords beautiful views of the Eastern side of the island. Parking is where you can find it by the side of the...More

Thank tdbelmont
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the time to do! Amazing vistas and simple enough for anyone with closed toe shoes to summit! I don’t like dogs on trails, but they are allowed on this one.

Thank kitkat1776
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

This is an easy hike that takes you quickly to some nice views of Oahu. Looks over Lanikaj and Kailua beaches. At some points you get a panaromic view.

Thank Marco P
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

We have done this hike about 5 times over 2 visits to Hawaii and it is absolutely my favorite. The views of the blue water below are incredible. It’s a fairly easy hike if you are active but still totally worth it to make the...More

1  Thank Melissa K
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We've done this hike 3 times in our 2 visits to Hawaii & will do it again every time we go back! My husband and I are in our 50's and our kids are 19 & 23 - we all enjoyed it! It's not too...More

Thank Sara M
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Carrie S
21 December 2017|
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Response from Brenda F | Reviewed this property |
I think our kids at that would really have loved this hike! But can't imagine trying to do it in flip flops! There are some steep spots!
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Lauren G
9 April 2016|
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Response from Lynnette S | Reviewed this property |
This is an unofficial, unmaintained "trail" as I & others mentioned. Treacherous when wet, unsuitable for casual "strollers" & folks who are not physically fit, safest with hiking footwear. As such, no fees, nor parking. I... More
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EmRH11
17 February 2015|
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Response from rshay | Reviewed this property |
I only know about the four parallel parking sots on the road near the south trailhead. We arrive early enough to get one of them as someone was pulling out. The turn over on the trail is quick so I would have waited a bit... More
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