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Ehukai Pillboxes Hike
Difficulty level: Moderate
Mileage: 2.1 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 800 feet
The North Shore of O’ahu is known for being the surfing capital of the world and is home to many of the world’s largest surfing competitions and food trucks in open parking lots serving up some good eats. If you want to get a bird’s-eye view of the ocean, there are a couple of options for hikes. One of the best, fastest and most beautiful hikes on the North Shore is the Ehukai Pillboxes hike.
The Ehukai Pillboxes hike is relatively short (only two miles) and can be completed in 1 to 1.5 hours depending on how much time you spend at the summit. The summit is an old World War II bunker that over looks the Banzai Pipeline. It is a perfect hike to do while spending a day on the North Shore because it is not a large time or energy commitment and you can swim in the ocean afterwards.
The hike begins at the parking lot of the Sunset Elementary School. When you enter the driveway of the school you will see trail parking (it is the parking lot next to the bathroom). There is a bathroom to the right and the trail entrance is on your left. You can park at the parking lot and enter the hike from there.
The hike runs parallel to the ocean and offers stunning panoramic views. The peak of the hike is an old army pillbox which has fun street art inside and a peace sign on top.
After descending from the hike you can hop right into the ocean and take in the North Shore from the water.
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