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Updated: November 23, 2016
Location: Koko Crater Arch is located just past the Koko Marina Shopping Center. However, instead of going up Koko Head, you drive a little further down to hike up the back side.
Type: Ridge hike
Hike Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
Total Time: less than 1 hour
Distance: ~1 mile
Elevation: ~466 feet
Things to Consider
Your hiking backpack
Take Kalanianaole Hwy towards Hawaii Kai. Drive past the windy road and park at the Halona Blowhole. Walk back along the road towards mile marker 15 and cross the road. Hop the rail and climb up the rocks. The path will lead you to the arch. There is no direct trail but it is fairly obvious where to go.
Everybody knows about Koko Head and is usually the first hike most people do in Hawaii. It is short, steep, and has amazing views. A lesser known trail is the Koko Crater Arch. This hike is an easy afternoon hike, which could easily be done within an hour. The arch is a natural rock formation on the side of the crater. People take pictures under the arch, and even over the arch. We parked at the Halona Blowhole and walked back on the highway towards mile marker 15. We climbed up the rocks and just followed the ridge up to the arch. There isn't really a trail to follow, but there is only one way up, and one way down. Within minutes you should be able to see the arch in the distance. Once you reach the arch, the ridge gets extremely steep. The rocks are also loose gravel so be careful with each step you take. We took the left route around the arch to get under it. I feel like this is the easier direction to get under the arch. You can also walk out in the bushes about ten feet or so to take a picture of the whole arch. We took lots of pictures and we decided to take the right side heading back. The right side has a way down and I'm pretty sure the rope is still there. And then eventually, you climb back up the rocks to get back on to the trail you took up. Instead of sliding down the rocks, you can also take the higher path to the trail faster. However, the foot holds are really narrow and you are holding on to the rocks for your life. One miss step and you would fall over the ledge. I took the high path, and my friends went down the lower path. We both met a little further down from the arch at the part where the trail turns to the left. Heading back down the trail was simple and we went down the rocks back to our car. The only difficult part of this hike would be getting to the arch, and getting down from the arch. If you continue up above the arch and continue going, the trail will lead you to the Koko Crater East Rim trail.
Walk along the guard rails and climb up the rocks in the distance.
Climbing up the rocks. The ridge in the distance.
A view of Koko Crater!
You can see the coastline on the left.
The arch gets fairly steep once you reach it.
Head up the arch for a bit, and you will see a path on the left
leading around and under the arch.
Crawling and getting your hands dirty, now that's a good hike!
Taking the path on the left to get under the arch!
And here it is. The Koko Crater Arch!
Under the arch! Loose gravel everywhere.
The arch is 10 to 15 feet long. It's amazing sitting under it.
Here's a nice spot to take a picture.
We headed back taking the path on the left.
I took the little ledge back up to the arch. My friends went down the path below.
Looking back towards the arch.
Hey there down below! I'll meet you down the trail so hurry up! Lol
Heading back down the arch towards our cars.
Here's a shot during the sunset!
Heading down the ridge.
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