Known as “The Gathering Place”, Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian islands but contains two-thirds of the state’s population. Some 80% of the island’s population live in the vibrant and scenic city of Honolulu. Running on Oahu showcases the spectacular geography of the island, which is surrounded by ocean and divided by mountain ranges.

Running highlights near Honolulu include the famous Waikiki Beach and the Diamond Head volcano. Elsewhere on Oahu, we love Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail, sections of the road from Hanauma Bay to Waimanalo, and the Kaena Point Trail.

A bus system operates 107 routes serves Honolulu and most major cities and towns on Oahu. The Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is located 10 miles from Waikiki, and six miles from downtown Honolulu.

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Some of our favorite runs in Oahu, HI

Waikiki Beach

If this is your first time in Honolulu, this is a must-run route! This route tours you... more...

Diamond Head

This is a great big loop around Honolulu’s most iconic landmark, Diamond Head. The route also leads... more...

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Waikiki Beach

Oahu, HI

One of the iconic runs in Hawaii. This route tours the 2 mile long beach, Honolulu’s beachfront neighborhood, with views to the water, crashing surf, and the Diamond Head Volcano.
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Diamond Head

Oahu, HI

A great loop around Honolulu’s most iconic landmark. Hilly, with sweeping views of Honolulu’s east side: High-end homes, parks, surfers on the beaches below, and migrating humpback whales.
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Kalanianaole Highway

Oahu, HI

Inspired by the Honolulu Marathon. Mostly on a bike lane, this route opens into Honolulu’s hillside communities, with great mountain views and homes perched precariously on cliffs.
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Ala Wai Canal

Oahu, HI

A pleasant waterside run just north of Waikiki Beach. The Ala Wai Canal and park parallels the river. Popular among local runners for its light traffic and well maintained path. Nice add-on to Waikiki Beach run.
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Kapiolani Regional Park

Oahu, HI

2 mile loop around park. Highlights are palm-lined section along Kalakaua Ave. and the banyan-shaded Paki Ave. A nice variation or add-on to Waikiki, Diamond Head, Ala Wai Canal runs.
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Kailau Marsh Trail and Beach

Oahu, HI

Also in Kailau, this trail travels through Kawainui Marsh, which encompasses over 800 acres of beautiful wetlands. Great views of the majestic Ko’olau Mountains. Various trail and loop options.
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Pearl Harbor Bike Path

Oahu, HI

Pleasant, paved bike path in the Pearl Harbor area, runs for 5 miles from Aloha Stadium to Waipahu. The scenery is a mix— some of the sites near Pearl Harbor, residential neighborhoods, locks, farms, parks, and wildlife refuges.
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Hanauma Bay to Waimanalo

Oahu, HI

One of the most scenic drives on the Hawaiian Islands is also a wonderful spot for running. It's 7.5 miles from Hanauma Bay to Waimanalo along the Kalanianaole Highway, with a volcanic crater on one side and a the Pacific Ocean on the other.
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Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail

Oahu, HI

Hugely scenic, hilly trail run on a wide, paved path that nearly 2 miles one-way from just off the Kalanianaole Highway to the red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Great views of the coast and islets. Can combine with more rugged Kaiwi Shoreline Trail.
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Lanikai Loop

Oahu, HI

An easy, flat course through the upscale neighborhood of Kailua takes you along beach access roads to enjoy beautiful views in a quite part of town. About 35 min. drive from Waikiki.
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Kaena Point Trail

Oahu, HI

A wonderful and accessible trail run to Ka‘ena Point in the northwestern part of Oahu. The trail runs along a former rail bed and dirt road, so it is fairly wide and not technical. Views of boulder beaches, tidal pools, cliffs, coastal plain, and sand dunes.
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Waikiki Beach

Oahu, HI

One of the iconic runs in Hawaii. This route tours the 2 mile long beach, Honolulu’s beachfront neighborhood, with views to the water, crashing surf, and the Diamond Head Volcano.
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Diamond Head

Oahu, HI

A great loop around Honolulu’s most iconic landmark. Hilly, with sweeping views of Honolulu’s east side: High-end homes, parks, surfers on the beaches below, and migrating humpback whales.
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Honolulu has a hot, semi-arid climate with a mostly dry summer season, and a more humid winter season. Average rainfall of 17 inches occurs mainly from October through April in tropical downpours. Temperatures vary little throughout the months, with average high temperatures of 80–90 °F and average lows of 65–75 °F. Honolulu has an average of 278 sunny days and 90 rainy days per year.1-sd09kgy5t8xpeg2kyt-e8a

If you want to be at the heart of all the action, then Waikiki is the place for you. There’s an abundance of hotels within walking distance of the beach. All of the iconic routes (Ala Moana Park and Magic Island, Waikiki Beach, Kalanianaole Highway, Diamond Head, and Ala Wai Canal) are easily accessible if you chose to stay in this area.

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Running Stores and Group Runs

Running Room Kapahulu Avenue. A Store for Runners… By Runners.

Runners Hi Kamehameha Hwy. Weekly Run on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM at Runner’s Hi.

Central Oahu Jogging Clinic Organized by the Department of Parks & Recreation this training group meets on 6am Sunday mornings.

Runners Route Kapiolani Blvd. Largest specialty running store in Hawaii. Host 4-7 mile group run every Tuesday 5:30PM.

Uyeda Shoe Store University Ave. Family-run shoe store with sporty & informal brand-name selections.

The Ultimate Foot Store Ala Moana Blvd. Top quality foot products, with expert advice and service. They specialize in helping runners with injuries and ailments.

Be Fit Kailua Kailua. About a 20 minute drive from the city of Honolulu, but the outstanding customer service you’ll receive from owners Jeff and Lisa make it worth the time and gas.

Running events in Honolulu tend to draw smaller and more international crowds. Experience the running community by joining a race!

Events Calendars #1

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Some of the major events are:

Honolulu Marathon December.

The Hapalua April. Half Marathon.

Great Aloha Run February. 8.15 mile run from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium

Banana Man Chase 5K May. Hawaii’s wackiest race where participants chase life size bananas around the beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park and Magic Island.

Ford Island Bridge 10K April.

Hawaii Pacific Health Women’s 10K March. Women only event around Diamond Head and through Kahala and returning to Kapiolani Park.

Pineapple Run 10K May. Run through the hills of beautiful Wahiawa and the surrounding pineapple fields. Don`t forget to pick up your free pineapple at the finish!