If you want a break from the busy lifestyle of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii scene and your mundane routine, your quick escape could be at the Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside. This park has many amenities including a lookout point, hiking, picnic areas and pavilions, and it is ADA accessible.
Even though you might see the city while standing at one of the scenic viewpoints, the beautiful colors of the sky and the distance from the noise will reset you for the week. From the viewpoints, you can see from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor. You can enjoy this view with a romantic date, or you can take your four-legged best friend.
Your pup might be just as impressed with the sights, smells, and scenery that he'll wag his tail the entire time. There are some trails for you and your four-legged friend to traverse at the Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside. The ‘Ualaka’a Loop Trail is about one-mile round trip, and it is an easy and quick hike through the forest.
This trail at the Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside crosses with another loop that you can choose to go on, the Makiki Valley, Moleka, and Maunalaha Trails. That loop is 3.8 miles and has a moderate level of difficulty. There is some elevation, so you and your dog will be climbing uphill for a good portion of the hike.
The incline would be perfect for a dog with a lot of energy to burn. There are small waterfalls along the way, but be careful when it is raining or has rained, as the trail will be muddy and buggy. Along the trail, there are some interpretative signs for you to learn about the the Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside.
Throughout the Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside, there are restrooms and water fountains for you, but make sure you carry plastic poop bags so you can clean up after your four-legged friend. Also, bring enough water for your dog if you go on a hike, so your pup doesn't dehydrate.