Lanikai Pillbox Hike | Kailua

The Lanikai Pillbox Hike, otherwise known as the Kaiwa Ridge Trail, is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu. The views from the top, and even from mid-way up the trail, are breathtaking. All of Kailua can be seen in one panoramic view.

The Lanikai Pillbox hike itself is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood, Lanikai. The hike is not super difficult overall, but keep in mind that it’s still a hike where endurance and balance are required. It’s definitely not a paved-trail-type of a hike, so before attempting it, please do additional research to make sure that it’s the right trail for you. What’s right for one person is not for another. There are steep rocks to step on and over and slippery areas. There are also other people to pass along the way that may be on their way up or down at the same time, especially in the early morning, as this particular hike is very well known for its perfect location to watch a Hawaii sunrise. Early birds can witness some of the most magical moments as the sun rises over the horizon. A very special experience!

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Good Morning! Oh the beautiful Kailua sunrises. The world is so peaceful at this time of morning. Birds are chirping, and many people are still sleeping. I’m a morning person and I love the early time of the day. Kailua is on the East side of Oahu, with beautiful oceanfront real estate and world famous golden sand beaches. It is a true beach town, where life is a little slower, and people are even more casual than Hawaii is already know for. Board shorts, bikinis, sarongs are a daily fashion statement. Residents and tourists are often seen on bicycles. Kailua is also a great place for kiteboarding, for anyone who is brave enough to try the sport. (I like to watch them from the beach.). In a nutshell, Kailua is a great place to call home! #kailua #oahu

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The Lanikai Pillbox Hike is popular at all times of the day with views of the Mokes, “Nā Mokulua”, two islets off the windward coast of Oahu. Instagrammers and photographers can’t get enough of these two islets and the turquoise ocean water that surrounds them. Residents who call Lanikai home are truly lucky to have these amazing views year-round. They are very lucky to have Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach Park close by as well. It’s not surprising that Kailua is one of the most popular areas on Oahu. The Lanikai Pillbox hike is definitely an added bonus.

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Kailua is already a fun and beautiful beach town on Oahu. Having the Lanikai Pill Box hike right in the back yard is a much-added benefit that many locals and tourists love to enjoy. It’s great for exercise, and it’s also a great way to really relax and to connect with nature. Early bird gets the worm though. Seeing the sunrise is breathtaking.

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Kinga Mills

Kinga Mills is a REALTOR Associate, Luxury Portfolio Affiliate, Military Relocation Professional with Hawai'i Life. I adore Hawaii, its people, and the natural beauty that surrounds me. I live on Oahu. It's a pretty incredible place to call home. There is a little bit of everything here. From pristine beaches and quiet neighborhoods to the trendiest of restaurants in the urban Honolulu. I simply love Oahu and the variety it offers. My real estate career allows me to enjoy the Island life, and to work with some amazing people. With over a decade of experience and hundreds of closed sales, I provide my clients with expert buying and selling advice. My goal for clients is to enjoy the process, while my team and I handle the details. As a member of the Hawaii Life Military Specialized Team, I regularly provide real estate assistance to active-duty military personnel who are PCSing to Hawaii, to the mainland, or overseas. For the Luxury Real Real Estate buyers and sellers, I am affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International and Forbes Global Properties. These exclusive affiliations extend an even greater reach, exposure, and effectiveness within the global luxury marketplace. In my time off, I love walking along the beach, enjoying meals out on the town, and taking family vacations. Sign up for my Oahu Hawaii Life blog updates and follow my journey. I look forward to helping in making your Hawaii Life real estate dreams happen! You can email me at or via phone at (808) 722-3985.

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