Lanikai “Pillbox” Hike Will Close for Repairs

For visitors and locals alike, hiking the Lanikai “Pillbox” Trail is must-see.

Lanikai pillbox up close

Lanikai pillbox up close

The State’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is undertaking to repair this unofficial but popular and well-trafficked trail. Although it’s called the Lanikai Pillbox Trail, it is actually comprised of two WWII-era military observation stations atop the Kaiwa Ridge line, backing Lanikai and facing out to the ocean.

kaiwa Ridge map

The summit is easy to reach via 5-10 minutes of nontechnical climbing, so it’s small wonder you will be greeted at the top not only by great views of the Kailua coastline, but also by dozens of your newest friends. (Stay awhile and you may meet hundreds.)

Get there before March 28, 2018, or wait until sometime toward the end of May or early June.

Kaiwa Ridge map

Lanikai Pillbox Trail

Lanikai Pillbox Trail from above

Repairs will cost close to $250,000 and will include patching concrete, replacing rusted steel and weatherproofing. Afterward, trail marking (aka graffiti) will no doubt begin anew.

Lanikai Pillbox View

View from the pillbox summit

Planning consultant firm PBR is seeking the public’s input as it develops a master plan for the trail, which has been degraded in recent years by heavy foot traffic.

To participate in a survey, visit

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Dave Bryy

March 24, 2018

Great article about a wonderful place

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