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December 14, 2020

Koko Crater Arch Trail




The Koko Crater Arch trail has been on my to do list for awhile and since we were staying in Waikiki for a quick one night staycation, I saw it as an opportunity to check it off.  The All Trails app says it's almost a mile round trip and rates it as moderate.  Since it wasn't a hike I was familiar with, I watched YouTube videos and asked my friends about it.

We arrived at the Halona Blowhole Lookout parking lot around 10am and it was HOT and crowded.  We very carefully crossed the VERY busy street to get to the trailhead, where the guardrail ends.  Crossing the highway was the scariest part and with the cars whizzing by, my son had a really hard time focusing on climbing the rocks.  I also became flustered and didn't push him to climb.  We decided to go back to the car.

Later in the day, I did more research and found that there are a couple other entrances to the hike that were easier to climb, but further down the road.  So the next morning we got up early to give it a second try hoping there would be less cars.  We walked along the guardrail until we got closer to the trailhead and then crossed over.  It was still scary so be super careful.  

Once you start climbing, it's easy to see the trail.  It's a steep climb and there is no shade so be prepared.  Once you reach the arch, you'll go to the left and climb down to the arch.  It is so beautiful and my son thought it was pretty neat as well.  We enjoyed the view for awhile and then started our descent.  Getting back on the trail was a little slippery so be sure to wear shoes with good grip and be very careful crossing the highway back to your car!         


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