Aiea Loop Trail | Honolulu, Hawaii

I had been eyeing this hike for months, you guys. Next to photography, hiking is one of my favorite things to do and we hadn't checked out a new hike since summer! I had read that the loop was about 5 miles and I wasn't sure my kids could hang in there for so long. My oldest in Illinois for a bit, so it was just me, my husband (Josh), and my two girls (ages 7 and 3). Let me tell you, my oldest would be SO glad he missed this hike. The Good: The hike photographs well! You can barely tell the hike wasn't great. Probably because I spent much of the time trying to shield my camera and not fall on my toosh or slip down the ledge. It was a quiet hike and not super busy. You could hear some road noise since you're near H3, but only for parts of the hike. It's a rather rustic, unpaved hike, which I love. I don't really consider paved hikes hikes at all, haha. There's also a crashed plane from the 40's that we enjoyed searching for, but never found. I love the look of all the roots covering the trail and the moss reminded me of hiking in Oregon. Another good thing, the three year old managed to hike the entire FIVE MILES with hardly a complaint and without being carried. For someone who insists on riding in the stroller for the 1/4 mile walk to school, I'd call that a win!

The Bad: The map on Yelp tried to take me WAY out of the way and then told me just to park my car along H3 and walk to my destination. Yeahno.

It was LONG. Like, five miles sounds long-ish, but it felt like 50 miles. It went on and on and on. It was muddy. And slick. The mosquitos ate me alive and there were lots of steep drop-offs that make me SUPER nervous with little kids. I think we were about 1/4 of the way through the hike before I was over it. It turns out, Josh was over it at this point too, but neither of us said anything, so on we went!

The hike would be better for older kids or adults. Bringing snacks would be wise. It's definitely not stroller friendly, so you'll need to wear or carry your tinier ones some of the way. It took us about four hours to complete.

The hike was really rather boring, in my opinion. I think I'd probably give the hike 2 out of 5 stars. If it had been just Josh and I and we had worn bug repellant, I might have given it 3 stars. Now I need to come up with our next hiking adventure! If you're familiar with Oahu, what's your favorite hiking spot?