The iconic Lanikai Pillbox Hike is a relatively short, but steeply inclined hike on the windward side of Oahu.
This trail is ideal for people looking for a quick sunrise hike. Afterwards, the location offers a beautiful beach to cool off at for snorkeling with sea turtles & lots of fish.
|Best time:||Sunrise 🙂|
This trail hike is located about 40-45 minutes from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. It is located off the Lanikai loop on the windward side of Oahu.
Coming from town, take the Pali Hwy (if it’s open!), the Likelike, or the H3 into Kailua town via Kailua Rd. Follow Kailua Rd. As it takes a right and then a left towards the ocean. Follow this until it goes over the hill turning first into Mokulua Dr. and then once you are into the Lanikai loop it turns into Aalapapa Dr.
The hike is located on the first right on Kaelepulu Dr. right across the street from Mid-Pacific Country Club at the top of the hill.
You probably just want to find parking on Aalapapa or Mokulua Dr. or one of the side streets since there is nearly zero parking right in front of the hike.
Address: 265 Kaelepulu Dr, Kailua, HI 96734
Parking In Lanikai
Parking in Lanikai is tricky.
First, there is no parking ever on the right side of the loop where there is the bike lane. This is heavily enforced so I would not even try.
Second, there is no parking in Lanikai on holiday weekends.
Third, there is no parking between 9pm and 6am on almost all of the streets. Additionally, please make sure that you are not blocking any driveway.
Parking is always tight in Lanikai so arrive early. This is especially try during the summertime and even more true on weekends.
Facilities In Lanikai
There are no restrooms on the hike and no public restrooms anywhere in Lanikai.
There are a few trash cans by the beach, but that’s about it.
There aren’t any places to eat in Lanikai itself, you’ll have to go to Kailua for any facilities or markets.
- Slippers (Flip-flops)
- Lots of Water
- Boardies/Bikinis (For Swimming After)
- Plastic Bag (For muddy sneakers or slippers after the hike)
- Insulated dry bag backpack
Cautions & Hazards
- Kiawe (Thorny Plants)
Tips, Links & Other Resources
- If you’re looking for a beer after, check out Inu Island Ales in Kaneohe. They have some of the tastiest ales on the Hawaiian Islands. Or, check out my list for the best microbreweries on Oahu.
- Stop by Hibachi if you want to pick up some great poké on your way in or out of Kailua Town.
Q & A
Can you do the Lanikai Pillbox Hike in Flip-Flops or slippers?
You should be used to wearing your flip-flops/slippers outdoors a lot though before you go trying.
We really like to wear our slippers while we hike because it’s no big deal if they get muddy or wet!
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