Miles from the busy streets of Honolulu is the Ehukai Bunker Hike. Located on the North Shore across from famous Pipeline, the Ehukai Bunker Hike is a beautiful jungle experience with a great reward of a gorgeous view at the end.
The Ehukai Bunker Hike is a hidden treasure located right across from the world's best surf break, Pipeline, and Ehukai Beach Park. The trailhead is in the parking lot of Sunset Elementary School, and it leads to two World War II bunkers.
The trail up to the two bunkers takes about 20 minutes. But this part is just the beginning of the the six-mile long Kaunala-Ehukai trail, which is located in the Pupukea-Paumalu State Park. The trailhead for the Kaunala-Ehukai trail is located at the Boy Scouts Camp at the end of Pupukea Road, up the road behind Foodland.
View from the first bunker on the Ehukai Bunker Hike — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
If there's been a lot of rain, then the dirt on the trail will turn to quite slick mud, so go slow. There's a section with a rope tied around a tree where hikers can hold on going up or down.
Once up the hill, you should walk parallel to the ocean going east, and the first bunker will come into sight. Hikers can hang out on the bunker and take in the views, watch the sunset or big surf below. Under the bunker are several rooms decorated in graffiti.
About five minutes further is another that is set further down the cliff. The path from bunker to bunker is flat and weaves between ironwood trees. The short decent to the second bunker can be slippery because of the pine needle carpeting underfoot, so move slow here.
The Ehukai Bunker Hike trail is quite vertical, which is tiring but not unsafe. You can bring children up there, it just takes extra effort. A tip for families would be bring infants you can easily carry, or a toddler that will walk. A large toddler would be hard to carry up here.
It's a workout, but it's not an extremely strenuous hike.
The bunker hike will definitely make hikers break a sweat, so it's a good idea to go up before the beach or at the end of the day.
Pipeline and Sunset Beach are just minutes away and offer swimming in the summer and spectacular waves in the winter. Nearby places to eat include Lei Lei's Bar & Grill, Pupukea Grill and an array of restaurants in Haleiwa.