Taking on the Lanikai Pillbox Hike (Kaiwa Ridge)! It was a quick hike to the second set of pillboxes. We were fighting the dark on the way back!! I recommend head lamps after dark because its hard to find your way back and there are some steep sections. The pillboxes look cool, you can climb down inside them. They kinda smell of pee though!
Kaiwa Ridge (Lanikai Pillbox) Trail is a 2.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Distance: 2.9 km
Elevation Gain: 198 m
Route Type: Out & Back
This short, sometimes narrow trail features 2 military bunkers & a panoramic view of Lanikai Beach.
The Lanikai Pillbox Hike, also popularly known as the Kaiwa Ridge Trail, is one of the most picturesque and pleasant Oahu hiking trails. This intermediate hike rises just above beautiful Lanikai Beach, rewarding hikers with some of the best vistas of Oahu’s windward side.
The Lanikai Pillbox Hike is a moderate 1 hour to 90 minute hike (roundtrip), depending how far you decide to go. You can easily reach the first old military pillbox bunker in about 20 to 30 minutes.
Lanikai Pillbox Trail
From here, another 10 minute walk along the ridge will take you to the second pillbox. Most hikers turn around at this point, and travel back down the Kaiwa Ridge Trail from where they originally started.
Lanikai Pillbox Trail View
You also have the option of trekking another hour farther along the Kaiwa Ridge Trail and it will take you around the coast a bit farther, and finally lead you down to the residential houses located on A’alapapa Street.
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