People are often surprised to discover that the great outdoors is less than an hour away from downtown Honolulu. The island’s 33 major hiking trails traverse razor-thin ridgebacks, deep waterfall valleys, and more. The best source of hiking information on Oahu is the state’s Na Ala Hele (Trails to Go On) Program (www.hawaiitrails.org; tel. 808/973-9782). The website has everything you need: detailed maps and descriptions of 40 trails in the state’s Na Ala Hele, a hiking safety brochure, updates on the trails, hyperlinks to weather information, health warnings, info on native plants, how to volunteer for trail upkeep, and more.
The Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club (www.htmclub.org) offers regular hikes on Oahu. Bring a couple of bucks for the donation, your own lunch, and drinking water, and meet up with the club members at the scheduled location to join them on a hike. In addition, the club meets for Saturday and Sunday hikes at the Iolani Palace, at King Street between Richard and Punchbowl streets in downtown Honolulu. Generally club members meet at 8am; look for a group of people dressed in hiking clothes and boots at the left rear of the palace.
Other organizations that offer regularly scheduled hikes are the Sierra Club (www.sierraclubhawaii.com) and the Hawaii Nature Center (www.hawaiinaturecenter.org; tel. 888/955-0100).
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