Adventure Travel Combo Oahu – Kayaking and Hiking Kailua

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Adventure travel seekers…

Here’s an aloha adventure travel combo on O’ahu for you.

Recently, I ventured off my small-town feel island of Kauai to the big city of Honolulu for a business trip mixed with pleasure. As a local author, I attended the TEDxHNL event at the University of Hawaii. After which, it was time to indulge in some pleasure: sunbathing at Makahas with mimosas and an sunset stroll along Waikiki Beach with Diamondhead in the distance. However, no trip is complete without the needed a dose of adventure. With my PIC (Partner In Crime), we headed to Kailua for an adventure travel combo of kayaking and hiking.

The below itinerary, we did in a matter of a expedited four hours, not including getting in and out of Honolulu (#3 worst traffic in the USA!). I’d recommend penciling in a full-day.

Kayak to the Mokes and Hike Pillboxes Trail

1) Rent tandem kayak at Kailua Beach Adventures along with dry bag (good for your camera and picnic lunch), life vests, and a mandatory permit (except Sundays) to land on the Mokes.

2) Transfer kayak on wheels to ocean and paddle on a guided course provided by Kailua Beach Adventure via video.

(**You can take guided tours. We opted to do it solo as we are experienced kayakers: Napali Coast, Kipu Kai, Wailua, and more.)

3) Travel along Lanikai Beach and turn towards Mokes at a large pile of sandbags at the end of the beach.

4) Avoid the reef and two merging waves coming from around the Mokes.

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5) Beach kayak and enjoy a picnic with a spectacular view.

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6) Return back the same way you came and refuel your tank.

(**Roundtrip: 2-3 hours depending on winds.)

7) Drive to Pillboxes Trailhead – Kaelepulu Drive.

(** Parking is limited and on-street in residential area. Be smart and carpool.)

8) Walk to 1st pillbox (old bunker) or 2nd pillbox.

(**Roundtrip to 2nd pillbox 45 minutes to an hour)

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9) Enjoy the view of Kailua, the Mokes, and Lanikai Beach.

10) Commit to repeat on next visit.

As always, stay up-to-date on more adventure travel stories and tips from Hawaii and more destinations by connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. If you are looking for a powerful story and book, check out my memoir, When All Balls Drop, and its sequel, With New Eyes (due out in September).

Here’s to more good times and good stories.

1 Comment

  1. MsTravelingPants says:

    By far, this is my favorite combo adventure on O’ahu that is close to HNL. We do something similar on Kauai on the Wailua River and hiking to Secret Falls.