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Koko Crater Stairs

Hawaii > Oahu > Waikiki
Length1 mi
Elev. Gain1200 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating8 / 10
The Koko Crater trail has an interesting history. The ties in the trail were laid down as a part of an incline tram system during the World War II era. Start off slow in the trail to avoid fatigue. This trail offers great opportunity for a powerful cardiovascular as well as muscular workout. So it is a favorite trail for high-level endurance athletes like marathoners and boxers. However, you can enjoy the trail even if you are not an athlete.

From the parking lot, take the paved path that curves towards the crater. The trail is unmarked, so you need to be careful not to miss the steep and narrow dirt trail to the right. The trail begins to get progressively steeper.

Roughly halfway up the crater you will find a 15 foot deep gully. Though this does not pose too much of a danger, you could be seriously hurt if you misstep. Pauu Mai is the true summit of the crater, which is marked by a concrete powerhouse. The spot offers a unique vantage point from where you can get a breathtaking view of the Hanauma Bay.

Best time to go
Before 9 am or after 3 pm


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
21° 16.824' N
157° 41.513' W

Driving Directions:
Head east on the Kalanianaole Highway and turn left on Lunaiilo Home Road. Take a right on Kaumakani Street and follow it to Anapalau Street. Turn right and continue to Koko Head District Park. The trailhead is near the lot next to Mike Goes Field.
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Weather Report for Honolulu, HI
Occasional showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 70 to 79. Northeast winds around 15 mph shifting to the southeast in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 63.0° F
Relative Humidity: 97%
Pressure: 29.87"
Dew Point: 62.0° F

Winds from the South at 3.0 mph gusting to 4.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.06"
Today: 0.75"

Sunrise: 6:00 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM
Weather reported from Kailua Beach, Kailua, HI (KHIKAILU58)
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Lows 60 to 67. Southeast winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight, then shifting to the southeast early in the morning. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 73 to 81. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 64 to 71. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph until early morning becoming light. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 75 to 83. East winds around 10 mph until mid morning becoming light, then becoming southeast around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:59 AM
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