How to Hike KOKO HEAD Crater

by Mariam Beard • Last Updated: July 17, 2020

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Quick Details:

  • Island: OAHU
  • Public Restrooms?: No.
  • Gift Shop?: No.
  • Food? No.
  • Water refill area: No.
  • Benches and picnic tables: No.

How to Get There

  • Drive (easiest, recommended!) ⇨ It’s a 25 minute drive from Waikiki. There’s a parking lot at the base of the crater.

Other Options if you do not have a rental car:

  • Uber/Lyft/Taxi: Another easy drop-off option.
  • Moped: If you have a moped rental, there is a parking lot at the base of the crater
  • Bicycle: N/A
  • City Bus (“The Bus”):  ​About 1-hour.

What to Expect

The StairMaster.

What to Pack

  1. Water. I’d bring 32oz/1L! But bring At LEAST 16oz/500ML at the bare minimum. 
  2. Small backpack. Since the terrain can be uneven, keep your hands free with a small backpack. Leave the sidebags, totes, purses, etc. in the car.​
  3. Headlamp (if you do the hike very early at 6am, the tunnel is lit but the main hiking trail is NOT)

The Review

Overall, a great hike. I would recommend this hike in the MORNING as there is no shade on the hike at all.


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