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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
Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Lows 66 to 72. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 69.6° F
Relative Humidity: 2%
Pressure: 29.91"
Dew Point: -16.6° F

Winds from the North at 0.9 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.05"

Sunrise: 6:59 AM
Sunset: 5:50 PM
Weather reported from Manoa, Honolulu, HI (KHIHONOL106)
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs around 78. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 58 to 66. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs around 78. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy. Breezy. Isolated showers after midnight. Lows 59 to 67. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph increasing to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:06 AM
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