If you go
The Mt. Olomana hike ascends about 1,600 feet in less than a mile. In other words, it's steep, so be sure you're in good physical shape. Proper footwear is essential, with trail running shoes being your best option; leave the flip-flops on the lanai. Bring at least 3 quarts of water. If there has been a significant rainstorm, let the trail dry for a day or two before attempting the climb.
THE BEST WAY
From Honolulu, take the Pali Highway toward Kailua. Continue on the Pali until you get to Auloa Road. Make a right onto the second Auloa Road turn, then an immediate left onto the road parallel to the highway. Park near the bridge. Walk past the bridge and check in at the guard shack of Luana Hills Country Club. The trailhead is a quarter-mile past the gate.
WHERE TO EAT
Down to Earth, 201 Hamakua Drive, Kailua; (808) 262-3838, http://www.downtoearth.org. This all-vegetarian, natural and organic grocery store is a good stop for a wrap, sandwich or smoothie. A sandwich and drink are about $10.
Saeng's Thai Cuisine, 315 Hahani St., Kailua; (808) 263-9727, http://www.restauranteur.com. What Hawaii lacks in authentic Mexican food, it makes up in good Thai food. Entrees from $7, with most items less than $10.
TO LEARN MORE
"The Hikers Guide to Oahu," by Stuart M. Ball Jr. (University of Hawaii Press).