(photo credit: Jeremy Snell)
I know that when you go on vacation you go on really difficult trail runs too, right? Sick. So if y’all are coming to Hawaii anytime soon, here are my favorite trail runs to do on da aina:
Koko Head Crater - for when you want your legs to feel like they will literally just be better if they were cut off of your body rather than staying intact and continuing this run. But fuck is it satisfying when you reach the top.
Pali Puka - For when you want to climb like you are in the second grade again and trying to prove what a badass you are by being able to climb to the top of your elementary school’s infamous climbing tree. (Side note: the infamous climbing tree at my school was named Fred and also was the infamous kissing tree.)
Kamehame Ridge - For when you want easily one of the prettiest 360 views of the island and do one of the easiest trails to attain said view. The entire thing is paved and it takes under 30 minutes to run it.
Diamondhead Crater - For when you don’t want to have to drive from your hotel in Waikiki to get to a run with a good view. If you start in Waikiki, start at about 6pm, and you run about 2-3 miles through Waikiki and through Kapiolani park and then up the crater, by the time you hit the crater, you will have a perfect sunset run, and by the time you get around the crater from the other side, it will be dark and you will get a perfect city lights view of Honolulu. My favorite run on the entire island by far.
Pu’u Manamana - For when you want an early run that is more of an adventure on a trail than an actual run.
Stairway to Heaven - For when you want to get up at around 2AM to avoid getting potentially arrested but have literally the most perfect view you have ever seen in your life. It’s not a run, it’s a hike. Just do it. But go with someone who knows when to avoid the guards.