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Hawaii Hikes: Aiea Loop Trail

Aiea Loop Trail H3 Outlook

This weekend we decided to explore an interior island trail. With a total distance at about 4 miles, Aiea Loop Trail offers a nice workout but feels a bit more relaxed. The trail is both kid and dog-friendly and you’ll enjoy lush tropical jungle, gorgeous mountains and even some peek-a-boo ocean views.

The trail offers an abundance of shade but it can get a bit muddy in some areas. It would not be ideal to hike this trail if it’s recently seen heavy rainfall. Still be prepared with sunscreen and add in a bit of bug spray if you wanna be safe. The trail is a part of Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area so there are facilities and even campsites you can rent. It’s an easy drive up a paved road straight to the trailhead.

Aiea Loop Trailhead

Aiea Loop Trailhead Start

We lucked out with a gorgeous day, perfect temperature with magical sunbeams breaking through the canopy. We started about 8:30AM, I always like to hike early if possible and of course coordinate a lunch out after 🙂

Aiea Loop Trail Roots

Some areas of the trail have a mess of roots to work your way though. Keeps the landscape very interesting! And then there are some sneaky ocean peek-a-boo views here and there. Just to remind you you’re on an island.

Aiea Loop Trail Ocean View

Aiea Loop Trail

About 3/4 of the way around the loop you’ll encounter an amazing view of the Ko‘olau Mountains and H3 (1 of 3 main highways on Oahu). This is a good place to take a break before you finish the final portion of the loop.

Aiea Loop Trail H3 View

You’ll finish the loop down by the campsites and if you parked closer to the trailhead, you’ll enjoy one last climb back to your car 😉 All-in-all a great way to spend a morning. Aloha!

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Hawaii Hike: Aiea Loop Trail

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Hawaii Hikes: Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail

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48 Comments

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    July 18, 2017 at 6:02 AM

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    Stacey
    June 28, 2017 at 5:18 AM

    This looks amazing, love the photos and makes me want to be there!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 28, 2017 at 5:49 AM

      Thanks Stacey!

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    Christine
    June 26, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    This looks beautiful! We live in New Zealand where there are a ton of hikes but we haven’t done any for quite some time.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM

      Thanks Christine! New Zealand is definitely on my list to visit. Aloha!

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    Kate
    June 26, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    This looks amazing! Cant wait for our next trip to HI!

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    Erica Penner
    June 26, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    You took such beautiful pictures!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 26, 2017 at 12:21 PM

      Thanks so much Erica!

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    Melissa
    June 26, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    This trail looks incredible! I hope to make it to Hawaii at some point and will have to add this to the list.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 26, 2017 at 12:20 PM

      Definitely! It’s a great option, good for kids too!

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    Nadine Cathleen
    June 9, 2017 at 5:39 AM

    Hawaii is one of the most amazing places in the world. It is so incredibly beautiful omg! I have started going through my videos from Maui and aaaah I want to go back! Your photos are so pretty too! Hawaii, I love you!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 10, 2017 at 6:24 AM

      Thanks so much Nadine. I’m obsessed with living here!

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    Harmony, Momma To Go
    June 8, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    This looks like a great family hike! I always like to start early too! Less hot as well!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 8, 2017 at 8:38 PM

      Exactly! Then you still have the rest of the day as well.

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    Mary
    June 8, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    One of my favorite parts about hiking in Hawaii, was seeing the locals hike in flip flops. I couldn’t believe it! Did you run into anyone hiking in sandles? This looks like a gorgeous location, and I can’t wait to go back and try this hike myself!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 8, 2017 at 8:37 PM

      Oh ya, I see that all the time!! See people barefoot too! Aloha 🙂

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    Victoria with One Sharp Mama
    June 8, 2017 at 6:31 AM

    Julie! I love your posts. I think I might have actually went on this hike! It’s been years since I’ve been to Hawaii, but, I’m pretty sure this might have been it. These pictures are breath taking.
    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for The Blogger Recognition Award. I wanted everybody to know who you are and how great you are! To check out the award, check my post at http://www.onesharpmama.com/2017/06/08/blogger-recognition-award/

    Keep doing what you’re doing! I’m living vicariously through your adventures 🙂

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 8, 2017 at 7:02 AM

      Wow! That is so amazing! I will go check out your post. Thank you so much!

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    Bailey
    June 7, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    This is one of my favorite hikes on Oahu! It hold so many memories as it was the first hike I did here.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 8, 2017 at 5:39 AM

      That’s awesome! I love the many different terrains of the island.

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    Nicole Banuelos
    June 7, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    What a beautiful place! I wish I was here now!

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    Anna
    June 7, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    This looks stunning. I want to go there one day.

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    D at Be you and thrive
    June 7, 2017 at 7:14 AM

    I looove hiking new places! What a sight! We head back to Hawaii end of July and I look forward to more! Great post!
    xo~D
    Be You and Thrive

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 7, 2017 at 7:56 PM

      Thanks so much!!

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    Melissa
    June 7, 2017 at 1:27 AM

    These photos are gorgeous! What an incredible place to hike. I hope to make it there someday!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 7, 2017 at 7:56 PM

      Thanks Melissa!

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    Elise Cohen Ho
    June 6, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    I was thinking about this and I really do want to go 🙂

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 7, 2017 at 7:56 PM

      You absolutely should Elise!

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    Jasmine Eclipse
    June 6, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    I love this post so much, because it helped me feel less homesick! I’m originally from Maui, but moved 2 years ago to chase my love. Now I live in Canada, and I love it because I’m with my boyfriend, BUT I do miss my island home. I’m visiting for the first time in 2 years, in a few months and I’m so excited!!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 7, 2017 at 7:55 PM

      I can only imagine how much you miss it here! I hope you have an amazing time when you visit!!

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    Rachel R Ritlop
    June 6, 2017 at 1:54 AM

    ahh! I want to do this! Looks beautiful

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    the adventurer
    June 5, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    such a beautiful hike! I will have to add it to my list next time I’m in Oahu =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

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    Nancy at Miles For Family
    June 5, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Looks like a gorgeous hike! I wish I lived there.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 5, 2017 at 9:18 PM

      Thanks for reading Nancy, I definitely don’t take living here for granted.

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    Jessica Lam
    June 5, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    This trail looks so gorgeous – I’d love to come here someday! Hawaii is on my bucket list!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 5, 2017 at 9:17 PM

      Thanks Jessica! I hope you make it here someday 🙂

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    Stephanie
    June 5, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    I desperate want to visit Hawaii! I love your blog and insta. Provides me so much inspiration for when I do finally get there.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 5, 2017 at 9:17 PM

      Thank you so much! Let me know when you make it out here and we can hike 🙂

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    Stacey
    June 5, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    OMG what gorgeous views! I’m dying to visit Hawaii, my husband would love to hike all these trails!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 5, 2017 at 9:16 PM

      There are so many options here too. Thanks for reading!

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    Caitlin
    June 5, 2017 at 6:52 AM

    absolutely stunning! This is going on my bucket list!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 5, 2017 at 9:15 PM

      Thanks Caitlin, Aloha!

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    Daneen
    June 5, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    Hiking trails in Hawaii is on my bucket list! I’ve pinned this to my travel board to revisit later. Looks like it was a great time 🙂

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 5, 2017 at 6:00 AM

      Thanks Daneen!

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    Casey the College Celiac
    June 5, 2017 at 5:56 AM

    Talk about gorgeous views! I love hiking, especially first thing in the moment. No better start to the day than a quiet hour or two in nature…

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 5, 2017 at 6:00 AM

      Absolutely. My main motivator is the reward of a great lunch 😉

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    krista
    June 5, 2017 at 5:45 AM

    your photos are great! ill have to add this to my bucket list! great post, thanks for writing it!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 5, 2017 at 5:59 AM

      Thanks so much Krista!

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