Updated: Oct 26, 2020
The Ehukai Pillbox Hike is one of Oahu’s locals secret that is found in the North Shore. Because of it's unpopularity, not many tourist goes here but what's beneath this hike is more than a jaw dropping view but also a magical forest you must definitely see.
59 - 178 Kamehameha Highway
HOW TO GET THERE:
Bus from the airport
- Board the bus 40 towards Ala Moana Shopping Center
just right outside the airport
-Exit at Dillingham Blvd. and Mokauea st.
-Transfer to bus 61 toward Kaneohe - Aikahi
-Exit bus at Likelike Highway and School St.
-Transfer to bus 60 toward Haleiwa
-Exit bus at Kamehameha Highway and Ke Nui Rd
-Walk toward the school parking
The Ehukai Pillbox hike gives you a breathtaking view of the Oahu’s North Shore and also the Seven Mile Miracle. Because of this, Ehukai Pillbox hike is also known as the Sunset Pillbox Hike, portraying beautiful views of the Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) and the North Shore coastline.
This hike is an easy one and also kid friendly. The trail is a mile and a half walk back and forth. It can take you about 30 mins to an hour depending on how fast you can hike. Although there are trails here that are inclined and a bit hard to climb so there are ropes tied on the trees there so it can help you out a bit. Also, plan your hike wise by not going in there on the rainy season as the hike gets harder and slippery specially on those steep trails. It's also best to hike on the day time as the forest here is kind of thick that lesser sunlight passes through.
These are just some of the beautiful trails that you'll see here. After this will be a steep climb for about 10 - 20 mins before getting to the half of this hike in where you'll see a glimpse of what you can see on the top along with the picnic table. You can catch your breath here, take pictures while enjoying the view.
Since, the name it says Ehukai Pillbox, for those of you who didn't know what a pillbox is, it's an artifacts from World War II that is used as military bunkers to help watch for enemy activity. A lot of famous hikes have Pillboxes such as Koko Head Hike, Diamond Head Hike and so much more! As these pilboxes were positioned in ideal spots such as mountain tops throughout the island for clear views. You can go on top of these pillboxes to get a panoramic view of the coastline such as the Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach.You can also go inside the pillbox and check it out from there, as there are some cool arts painted on its walls too.
This is halfway of the path where you can see part of the coastline.
Once you get to the top, these pine trees are what you'll be seeing a lot which is actually a perfect spot for your instagram stories or a perfect photo opportunity.
Just an hour away from town, a drive to the north shore for this hike is definitely worth it! Aside from the wonderful view, the beautiful forest trail ahead and this off the beaten path hike that not too many people know. I'd say that the best thing about it is the fact that it is uncrowded compared to most hikes. You'll definitely enjoy a peaceful vibe in here.
A GLIMPSE OF THE EHUKAI PILLBOX HIKE
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