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“Great place if you like Plumerias”

Koko Crater Railway Trail
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Koko Head Trail Challenge
Ranked #16 of 339 things to do in Honolulu
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

The lower trail is a big easy circle that surounds a large grove of Plumerias. The trees are mature and there are many varieties. There are some upper trails which are not well maintained. These trails don't have plumerias, but have a wide range of plants, including desert roses.

Thank glen p
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Let the reality of a dream speak for itself.
Went to this Koko Head Crater to see this attraction and check out of curiosity why anyone who treks and reach the top of this crater has proven something. It was not an ordinary trek or hike but a total workout.
My wife and I went, it was part of our bucket list and lured by its attraction that challenges you to do at least a thousand steps one way to the summit, was invasive enough to trek the very steep and straight slope from the plain to the rough and rugged, underdeveloped railroad rails built into the hiking site.

The lush vegetation surrounding the crater was an amazing site, and kept some of the surrounding area shaded and cool from the sunlight. You should start to climb in the early part of the morning, as it gets hot and a lot of hikers coming up and down, as the trail are narrow and one way.
There are jagged and abused trails which makes it harder to climb, most steps are abrupt and inconsistent and the biggest challenge was to cross a bridge made out of wood on a railroad without an under or a bottom. Once you misstep on the rail, you will fall underneath the path ravine deep. Some hikers back out in the midst. A definitely not for the faint of heart, weak and weary.
We reached the top with all efforts in about 40 minutes.
Reaching the summit was a personal triumph- with arms up, it was worth the courageous climb as you will see a commanding/ eagle's view of the beautiful Hanauma Bay- so pristine and picturesque!
But not to heed with our advise-
The ascend as you would thought was an easy climb but treacherous enough to look below, as you expect that you are nearing the finish line- the top yet but sky was the limit endlessly.

It was actually the descend that was relentlessly more invasive and difficult, especially if you have an equilibrium problem to balance your body with the sudden drop and steepness of the slope and pull of gravity in almost a 45 degree angle. Take your time- it is not a race.
You have to slouch your weight opposite towards the downward trend to manage the descend.
At the very least, we could brag that we made it up and down to conquer the Koko's peak.
A thrilling, energetic and once in a lifetime experience.

Thank Toni P
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

It is an interesting hike up to the top of the crater, my advice would be to do it early in the day, it gets pretty crowded, because everyone want's to see the magnificent view from the top. and wear comfortable shoes.

Thank kanukgirl
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Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Slow and steady wins this climb and decent. Careful on the tressle, but a very beautiful view awaits you at the top. Bring water and a snack and enjoy your accomplishment. Few locals have even attempted.

Thank cfrank2660
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is a great hike, beautiful views, challenging, and you will so enjoy your Leonard's pastries after completion of this trail. Enjoy!

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