Lanikai Pillboxes Hike

Trail and Scenic Lookout
  • Stephanie M.
    "Go for sunrise - its a MUST!"(5 Tips)
    Matthew M.
    "Easy hike with amazing views at the top"(3 Tips)
    Christine S.
    "Lots of gravel, tread cautiously."(3 Tips)
    "other hikes like Olomana"(2 Tips)
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  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HalloranMarch 4, 2016
    Keep hiking past the two pill boxes to avoid the crowds and take in the scenic views. Wear hiking boots if possible, but sneakers at the very least.
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BJuly 4, 2016
    Use actual hiking shoes! My Nike Free running shoes were slipping all over the rocks and made this a somewhat challenging climb to the pillboxes.
  • Kim K.
    Kim KohoApril 4, 2017
    Compared to Diamond Head trail, this is a shorter hike but the beginning of this trail is steeper and involves more climbing. Stepping sideways when coming down the parts w/ lots of gravel helps a ton
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelSeptember 9, 2017
    The hike is a bit challenging meaning that it's steep, but it's not a long hike. The view here though is awesome! So it's definitely worth it!
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanOctober 1, 2014
    Tricky to find the start of the trail but well worth the slightly difficult hike up to the pillboxes for an amazing view. Def not for slipper wearers!
  • Bing
    BingJuly 20, 2012
    'This photo was taken at the Lanikai Pillboxes. I suggest the nearby Olomana trail for people that aren't afraid/skilled enough for it. Absolutely incredible.' – Submitted by Bernie W. on Facebook
  • Bernard D.
    Bernard DelmundoDecember 31, 2011
    The trek up to the first bunker is the hardest part. Going to the second bunker is much easier. Just take your time, watch your footing, and you'll be fine. Enjoy the views!
  • Yongchae S.
    Yongchae SongSeptember 6, 2012
    Be adventurous and hike past the second bunker. It make the hike to be a better workout and provides a different view of Kailua.
  • Edrea
    EdreaAugust 25, 2014
    The hike is short and sweet but make sure you watch your step coming down. It can be deceivingly slippery when it's super dry.
  • Mary
    MaryMay 28, 2017
    Pretty steep incline for the first little bit but views are gorgeous. Lots of slippery gravel so don't wear flip-flops.
  • sprecks57
    sprecks57July 4, 2013
    If you are up for an early hike, get your a... up ther to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise...
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CannonFebruary 21, 2017
    Make sure to climb into the pillboxes and for a neat view and cool graffiti
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RJuly 12, 2015
    Easy hike but i suggest shoes, if the trail is wet it can be pretty slippery.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn ClarkAugust 15, 2011
    Have water and make sure you bring a camera.. If you have any food, make sure you leave some for pele at her chair ;)
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay ShoemakerJuly 23, 2011
    Short hike but steep. Beautiful payoff at the top. Don't wear slippers (or as us mainlanders call them flip flops).
  • Jaclyn S.
    Jaclyn SuanFebruary 7, 2012
    If you're planning to catch the sunrise be sure to bring a flashlight & don't forget the camera!
  • Anna Victoria O.
    This is a must-do hike! It's easy, short, and the view is incredible!!
  • DLS
    DLSOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great Simple hike to view Kailua from the Marine Corps Base all the way to Makapuu.
  • Morena_jojo
    Morena_jojoMarch 27, 2017
    Super fun moderate hike but too crowded. But the view is still breathtaking.✨
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaAugust 28, 2015
    Easy hike with amazing views at the top
  • Christoffer E.
    If you want to take a photo, I prefer the first pillbox..
  • Bernard D.
    Bernard DelmundoDecember 31, 2011
    The view is much better up here. The trek between the 1st and 2nd pillbox is not bad at all.
  • Deena
    DeenaAugust 13, 2014
    Pretty easy hike, nice view at the top
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MarieSeptember 21, 2011
    Wear sneakers. Go for sunrise - its a MUST!
  • Kenny M.
    Kenny MuiseMay 5, 2014
    Go early. Go hard. Hot chicks that hike are everywhere.
  • Sha S.
    Sha SkeeSeptember 9, 2014
    Good workout! My 3 year old made hiked this!
  • Pamela M.
    Pamela MagatApril 3, 2011
    Dont wear easy tones or anything with a balls on the bottom of your shoe. Unless your experienced.
  • Ricardo J.
    Ricardo JerezDecember 10, 2016
    Super cool place for the first hike in Kailua.
  • amina p.
    amina petersonMarch 30, 2010
    Catch a beautiful sunrise up here. Its worth the workout... wear your trail shoes and save your ankles!
  • Soybean
    SoybeanFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Police are now ticketing and towing cars that park by the 1' wall on the road up.
  • Sylvie D.
    Sylvie D.QrDecember 20, 2013
    GO FOR IT, up...up...don't give up !
  • Julia P.
    Julia PApril 23, 2012
    Easy uphill hike if it's not too wet
  • Scott K.
    Scott KJanuary 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Moderately easy. Parking is tough these days
  • Brooke P.
    Brooke PorterFebruary 5, 2012
    Enjoy a nice short hike with an exceptional view!
  • Heather-Joy M.
    Heather-Joy MetzlerDecember 15, 2012
    bring water
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJanuary 2, 2015
    The perfect sunrise hike!
  • Vandell F.
    Vandell FosterMarch 31, 2016
    View is amazing!
  • Mariel C.
    Mariel CruzJuly 10, 2015
    Awesome view.
  • Brenan S.
    Brenan SalgadoMay 7, 2014
    Wear shoes!
  • DLS
    DLSMay 31, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    great prep for other hikes like Olomana, Koko Head & even Diamond Head.
  • Lauren
    LaurenMay 15, 2010
    don't wear slippers, the first part is kinda steep and lots of gravel.
  • Christine S.
    Christine StrobelMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Lots of gravel, tread cautiously.
  • Hawaii J.
    Hawaii JunkieMay 10, 2013
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    kowagariSeptember 8, 2013
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