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Koko Head Crater was a KILLER hike, WOAH! Not sure if it was because we went right after the Haiku stairs or if it really was that hard but it was rough! But oh, it was worth it… just look at this view from the top of Koko Head Crater!
Okay but let’s start at the beginning. Koko Head is a large crater on the East side of Waikiki, very easy to find. Google map it, park in the lot, walk the trail and head towards the giant staircase.
Alright, so something we learned quickly in Hawaii is that the Hawaiians love to tell you the stories of their ancestors and how landmarks earned their name. So we got a pretty interesting story on Koko Head… verify this one for us in the comments please if you know the facts. Legend has it that Koko Head is named after the goddess Pele’s sister who had a vagina she could throw… yes, you read that correctly. So after some series of events that I’m blocking from my memory, she threw her vagina and it then created Koko Head Crater. So he said essentially we’re walking in a big vagina…. Yeah. People say these things to us…. Oh and also Andrew made me add this part into the post, I would have much rather forgotten about it 😂
Okay, so if you didn’t know, Koko Head is comprised of old railroad ties, about 1,100 to be exact. So between that and the 4,000 stairs, we did the day before you could say we had quite the killer leg work out! The railroad ties were built 60 years ago to get supplies up to the military bunkers.
If you’re scared of heights, Koko Head may be a little difficult for you because there are times when there’s no ground under the railroad ties, I saw many maneuvering around this section because they were too scared. Bring LOTS of water, we went just before sunset and the sun is just beating down on you, stay hydrated friends!
There were a lot of athletes training on Koko Head… they’re much more coordinated then I am. Though, they were easier to run down than walk or else you had to awkwardly sideways walk.
The view from the top of Koko Head is honestly incredible! Don’t miss out on this hike.