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Hiking Hawaii: Pink Pillbox Hike - CommuniKait Hiking Hawaii: Pink Pillbox Hike - CommuniKait

Hiking Hawaii: Pink Pillbox Hike

If you’re familiar with hiking in Hawaii, particularly Oahu, it’s all about finding the best places to snap a good photo of the island and it’s just an added extra bonus to see lots of fun colors. I love finding great places to explore that we haven’t done yet, so last weekend we woke up early to checkย theย Pink Pillbox Hike off our list.

Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu

Located on the west side of Oahu in Waianae, the pretty pink pillbox sits high above Farrington Highway. Once you get into Waianae, you’llย see Kaukama road if you’re on Farrington. Turn right and park alongside the road there. Around the 9th light pole, you’ll see the entrance to the trail. Steep initially, it turns into switchbacks that are pretty easy to maneuver and we saw hikers of all ages on the trail.

Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu

Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu

The journey to the top didn’t take long at all (maybe a mile, if that?) and before we knew it – we had come upon the pillbox. Truth be told there’s actually a few pillboxes, but only one bright pink one. We climbed on top and had some fun, before settling down to watch the whales breach off the in distance.

Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu

We happened to be hiking on an overcast day, which turned out to be a total win for us. It wasn’t too hot and there wasn’t any bright sunlight to bounce off the water, so we could easily see the whales and fishing boats coming in and out. If you go on a super sunny day, definitely pack sunscreen and bug spray, particularly if you plan to continue onto the ridge lineย hike, instead of straight back down.

Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu

Total, it took us about an hour and a half and that included stopping at the top to take photos and sit and watch the whales for about 15 minutes. I would recommend this hike for hikers of all skill levels, but maybe not kids, as there were a few parts where the rocks going up were a little uneven and slippery.

Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu

I would definitely do this hike and plan on taking future visitors up to take in the sights! One word of caution on this hike, and you can read more about it on Yelp, is to remove absolutely everything from your car prior to parking and hiking. Friends of ours had their windows smashed and a different set of friends had their car stolen altogether attempting this same hike, so be smart.

Hiking Hawaii - Pink Pillbox Hike, Waianae Oahu

 

March 3, 2017

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7 Comments

  1. Reply

    Anne

    March 6, 2017

    Adding to my “when I get to Hawaii” list for sure. Great photos!

    • Reply

      Kait

      March 6, 2017

      Thank you! I was super impressed with how pretty the views were for such an easy hike ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Reply

    Jen

    March 6, 2017

    The hiking alone makes me want to move to Hawaii haha! These photos are amazing!

    • Reply

      Kait

      March 6, 2017

      Ha! Thank you! It’s a pretty easy one for such a great view!

  3. Reply

    chelsea jacobs

    March 6, 2017

    THAT VIEW! I live for these instagram pictures of yours.

  4. Reply

    Kelsey

    March 6, 2017

    Well the parking warning on this is terrifying! But what an amazing hike. Friends of ours did this over the weekend and posted a few pics. What a fun hike!

    • Reply

      Kait

      March 6, 2017

      As you can see – not even the warning from others deterred me. But! Better safe than sorry. And YES! The photos you can get are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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