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Lanikai Bunkers Hike

Oahu, HI
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Lanikai Bunkers Hike, Oahu Hawaii


A steep, short hike called Lanikai Bunkers or Pillboxes leads to cement bunkers used during World War II to keep an eye on the coast. There you can sit atop the bunkers and take in a marvelous view of the bright aquamarine waters of Lanikai Beach and the Mokuluas, two adorable islands just off the shore. If this view doesn't make you feel happy, I don't know what will! There is a guy who often paraglides back and forth right next to the bunkers. It's fun to watch him.
There is no shade on this hike. You hike along open hills. It can be hot so go early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
After the hike, have a blissful swim at Lanikai Beach. This is life at its very best!


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The steep short climb up.
The steep short climb up.
The bunker sits perched with the finest view of the coastline.
The bunker sits perched with the finest view of the coastline.


From Kalanianaole Hwy, turn onto Kailua Rd. At the big intersection that is a fork, take the right fork. Pass by some great shops you may want to check out: Cold Stone Ice Cream, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, BookEnds, and then at the three-way intersection with the traffic light, turn left (this is still Kailua Rd). Continue and turn right at Lihiwai Rd. Follow it past Buzz's and Kailua Beach. Turn left on Mokulua Drive, and follow it to A'alapapa Rd. Take the first right onto Kaelepulu Dr. Park along the road just after the entrance to the Mid-Pacific Country Club. Walk up the "private driveway." The trail begins at the chain-link fence.
For your GPS you can use the address 414 Kaelepulu Dr, Kailua HI 96734.

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06/30/2012 09:42
i used to hike when i was a kid growing up in kailua in the 60\'s. i have the best memories of this hill. the hike extended along the ridge so you could see more at the end. in my day there weren\'t as many houses on the kailua side. all i can say is, best moment in the morning and dusk.

06/09/2012 16:50
It might be hard with a baby in a front pack because it's very steep. Also might be a bit dangerous in case you slip.

06/09/2012 01:21
Quick question is it possible to take my 7 month old in a baby bjorn or would that be pushing it?

05/28/2012 09:02
If you have hiking sticks I would bring them to negotiate steep areas.

05/27/2012 09:38
Not as easy as people say!!! If you injur yourself, be prepared for costly helo evac!!

08/03/2011 11:03
Hi Tom,
I don't think it's closed off at night because I don't think there's a fence. But it might be dangerous to hike back down in the dark because it's a very steep hike.
Best wishes!

Tom Bombadil
08/03/2011 02:12
Does any one know if it's possible to go here during the night? Such as, is it closed off or anything, or if there are other such complications in making it toward the top in semi-twilight?

06/12/2011 20:45
Awesome! Worth the hike, excellent adventure, breathtakingly beautiful! ...take water with you in a backpack because you will need your hands in a few places to keep steady on the rocks!

05/16/2011 18:40
Great workout, awesome view. Well worth the hike up, a must for everyone....

01/26/2011 21:32
When you get to the pillboxes you have really only just started this hike. Some of the locals turned me on to the rest of it. Took me about 2 hours and was worth it. The view from the last peak is AMAZING. The way down from there is hard in places even with the ropes that are there. NO SLIPPAS

07/05/2010 23:29
I enjoyed the hike, but it was very hot, my friends and I had to stop every 20 minutes to get a drink of water.

09/19/2009 20:25
I enjoy this hike, but it can get hot in the summer.

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