'Ehukai Pillbox is one of many abandoned WWII military bunkers around Hawaii beginning at Sunset Beach Elementary on O'ahu's North Shore. This is definitely one of the most popular sunset spots by locals and tourists alike. I almost consistently do this barefoot because it isn't a long or hard hike by any means. You are allowed to park in the Sunset Beach Elementary parking lot or across the street at 'Ehukai Beach Park if for some reason you can't park at the school. The short hike begins next to a sign opposite of the cars in the parking lot on a flat trail through tall grass and trees. It very quickly turns left and up a few sets of stairs that will lead to the top. Just when the stairs start to seem long they're over very quick that's why I say it's an easy one. Once at the top you will walk on a flat trail until the first pillbox. There are actually two you can visit; either one not being more or less popular than the other. Personally I like the second one better. If you time it right this can be a great spot to catch sunset, and if you're lucky you might run into goats on the trail too. Going up should take you no more than 30 minutes at the very longest, but probably more like 15 or 20.
If you are planning on making this a sunset hike come prepared with a headlamp or even just a phone light to help you down safely. Also there may or may not be barbed wire on the ground on the way to the second pillbox just after the first so be on the lookout for that.
All hikes in Hawai'i are extremely dangerous and require caution when attempting. Hawai'i is known for hot humid weather, steep dramatic cliffs, and flash floods which can occur at anytime. It is important that you check the local weather, and understand the physical condition of your entire group before attempting any hike. All being said, this blog is for information purposes only and I ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INJURY, LOST INDIVIDUALS, OR LEGAL TROUBLE ENCOUNTERED WHILE FOLLOWING THE INFORMATION POSTED HERE.