Hawaii is an outdoor lover’s paradise, and for those traveling with their pet dog, the islands have various dog-friendly hikes, trails and other special spots where Fido can come along and enjoy the fun too. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stroll by the water or a more challenging but scenic hike, here are 10 of the best dog walking spots in Hawaii that you need to check out.
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1. Liliuokalani Gardens
Take your pup for a stroll in these beautiful Japanese gardens, which are the only dog-friendly park in Hilo. In addition to clean bathrooms, you’ll also likely spot hula dancers rehearsing here for their traditional competition.
Address: 191 Lihiwai St., Hilo
2. Diamond Head Dog Park
Located by Diamond Head Crater, this large park offers stunning views and plenty of room for the dogs to run around and have fun outdoors. In addition to ample space, there is water to drink and hoses available for cleaning up. Note: there is no separate area for large dogs, so all dogs socialize together here.
Address: 4155 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu
3. Manoa Valley District Park
Although this isn’t an official dog park, many people bring their dogs on leashes here to enjoy the semi-fenced space. The location is very clean and offers beautiful views, making it enjoyable for owners and their dogs.
Address: 2731 Kaaipu Ave., Honolulu
4. Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline
Located in Honolulu, this two-mile round trip hike offers prime views during whale migrating season. Known to be hot, windy and dry, bring water for your dog, and don’t forget to bring a leash.
Address: 8751-9057 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu
5. Kapa’ele’ele Trail
Take in the gorgeous views while hiking this 1.2-mile dog-friendly trail located in the Ahupua’a O Kahana State Park that offers incredible views of the Kahana Bay and Huilua Fishpond as you walk past various historical sites. While there are plenty of trees along the trail, it does tend to get hot and humid, so be sure to bring plenty of water and keep your dog on a leash that is six feet long or less.
Address: 52-222 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe
6. Kailua Beach Park
This dog-friendly beach has stunning white sands and clear blue waters, and pets are welcome to log in their sun and beach time as well, as long as they are kept on leashes.
Address: 526 Kawailoa Rd., Kailua
7. Makapu'u point LIghthouse Trail
A paved trail leads you and your furry friend to the lighthouse. On a clear day, you can see Maui and Molokai. If you are lucky, and the odds are in your favor you can also view Lanai.
Address: Makapuu Lighthouse Rd, Honolulu
8. Diamond Head Bark Park
This off-lease dog park is the perfect haven for doggies to run around and play with each other. There many benches and seats where owners can take a seat while their pets run loose, and there is also an on-site water fountain to keep pups hydrated.
Address: Diamond Head Rd. & 18th Ave., Honolulu
9. Aiea Loop Trail
Another great place for dog owners to hike with their pets, this 4.8-mile trail starts and ends in the park. The trail is located along the ridge on the west side of Halawa and offers gorgeous views of the southern coastline of Oahu all the way to Diamond Head. This hike is moderate and includes beautiful flowers and plants throughout.
Address: 99-1849 Aiea Heights Dr., Aiea
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10. Manoa Falls
Featured in the Jurassic Park films and the TV series Lost, this popular trail in Oahu is primarily for walking, hiking, bird watching, and visitors are allowed to bring their dogs as well. The 1.5-mile trail in Honolulu features a stunning waterfall, and there is a $5 fee to enter the park.
Address: End of Manoa Rd., Honolulu
This article was written by Kamala Kirk.