Hawaii has so much to offer visitors in the way of hiking! Each island has unique landscapes, views and wildlife, all of which can be seen on a variety of hiking trails. Check out this list below so you can plan some truly remarkable hikes for your next Hawaiian vacation.
Travel and Leisure ~ ” Hawaii may be the land of beaches, but if you never drag yourself away from the sandy shores, you’ll miss one of the state’s best features: its hiking trails. Hiking in Hawaii provides a glimpse into the natural wilds of the islands, from trails that criss-cross stunning valleys and traverse ridgelines to those that drop into still-steaming crater floors and lava tubes. And it doesn’t matter if you’re looking to escape the heat or want to soak it all in — there are hikes that meander through lush rain forests and cut through arid, Mars-like landscapes (some offer both).
Kaumana Caves Trail, Hawaii
For an easy adventure near Hilo, head to Kaumana Caves State Park, where you’ll find the extremely short — half-mile round-trip — Kaumana Caves trail. The mini excursion takes travelers into a lava tube that was created by Mauna Loa in 1881. Just make sure to bring sturdy shoes and a flashlight, as the trail leads visitors down a metal ladder and into a dark lava tube.
Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail, Oahu
This easy two-mile round-trip trail is located within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline and provides hikers with amazing views of the island’s southeastern coast, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. Along the way, you’ll spot the historic Makapu’u Lighthouse and might be able to see the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai, if the weather is clear.
Pipiwai Trail and Waimoku Falls, Maui
If driving the Road to Hana is on your Maui to-do list, start early so you have time to integrate this 3.4-mile round-trip hike into your itinerary. Along this moderate trek, you’ll pass through a dense bamboo forest and spot several waterfalls before reaching the stunning Waimoku Falls. ” ~ Travel and Leisure
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