Hiking the Lanikai Pillboxes
As of June 21, 2018, the Lanikai pillbox hike will be closed for two months for repairs to the bunkers and some erosion of the trial. It is now reopen!
This is a relatively short and sweet hike with views that are SO worth it!
How to get there
- You can easily google the directions but the hike is located in a residential neighborhood.
- Don’t block any driveways.
- Be sure to lock your car and take all your belongings.
- Please keep your voices down since it IS a residential neighborhood and people don’t like being awakened too early, especially on weekends.
You’ll see the beginning of the trail by following the many other hikers along the way.
About Lanikai Pillbox Hike
Hiking the Lanikai Pillboxes starts off with a “short” incline although it didn’t seem all that short at the time. After you get past the hard part, the rest is just a gradual incline with a well-beaten trail that even had steps in the dirt from so much use! Be sure to pause and take photos from behind you as well. 🙂
The Lanikai Pillbox hike is kid-friendly as well as dog-friendly. Just be sure to leash your dogs if they get distracted or run into other dogs.
In Hawaii, we’re friendly so it’s normal to wave, smile, or say a hearty good morning to a fellow hiker that you’re passing.
Be sure to BRING WATER because the hike is totally exposed. Wear sunscreen and bring some if you wish to reapply it.
I also suggest wearing a hat because the sun is pretty harsh.
There are two pillboxes (from WWII) to enjoy the awesome view.
Take your time going to either one.
Etiquette: Share the views. You don’t own the pillbox so move along or wait until it’s clear before deciding to hog the viewpoint. It is also nice to offer to take photos of your fellow hikers.
One of the regrets is not taking more pictures along the hike rather than just at the end. In my defense, it’s usually because I’m doing a horrible job pretending I’m Frodo Baggins hiking Mount Doom. At least, I always finish….! So if you are hiking the Lanikai Pillboxes at sunrise, here’s some essential information below.
Essential Info to hiking the Lanikai Pillboxes:
265 Kaelepulu Dr, Kailua, HI 96734, United States
+ Go at dawn or dusk for the best views
+ Parking is not available on the street in the neighborhood so park a few streets away and walk to the entrance.
+ Please watch your noise level as you walk to the entrance since it’s in a residential area.
Read more about how to NOT hike like an asshole in Hawaii.