Hiking and Camping in Hawaii
Oahu has over 30 major trails offering choices for all skill levels and a number of camping options in stunning settings. Camping on Oahu is available at four state parks, 12 county beach parks and within the grounds of one botanic garden.
Write to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, State Parks Division, or call 808-587-0300 to obtain a free state park camping permit. Recommended camping sights include the state cabins in Malaekahana on the north Shore, Kualoa Regional Park south of Kaawa in windward Oahu, and Kahana Bay Beach Park, north of Kaaawa. Camp Mokuleia is a 9-acre campground that permits tent camping yet also provides cabins and lodge accommodations. Camping permits are required and, depending on whether it's a state or city park, can be acquired from the State Parks Division, the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation, or the independent camp operator. Vandalism is a problem in some areas, including west Oahu's Waianae and windward Oahu's Waimanalo. Many parks are safe for daytime beach activities; however, many are not recommended for overnight camping.
A hike that I personally recommend is the Manoa Valley Waterfall Hike. This is a very short hike, most people think, and indeed it is... if you stop at the waterfall. Beyond the water fall there are miles and miles of trails that take you through some beautiful stuff. My favorite part is where you become surrounded by a bamboo forest, and you can hear the trees clank together as the wind blows. The other nice thing about this hike is that the city bus gets you right to the trailhead. To get there from where you are staying just go to Ala Moana and take the number "5" bus.
Student Hiker Hiking map of Oahu, and some 30 trip accounts with pictures, busses, trails by name etc.
Rokzilla Trails A very good looking and content-rich page. Rokzilla describes all his trips on Oahu, Hawaii and some on Samoa. Every trail is described with lot of pictures, giving a good impression.
Very Difficult Trails on Oahu By Wing Ng: not mentioned in Stuart Ball€™s authoritative hiking book on Oahu
The Official Guide to Hiking on Oahu by the Mountain Trail Safety Task Force.
Oahu Hiking Enthusiasts OHE: a listserv established in March €™97 and moderated by Dayle Turner.
Hiking the Koolau Crest A compilation of experiences of many hikers