Top 5 Hawaiian Hiking Trails
One beautiful and healthy way to take in all the glory of Hawaii is to go on hikes around the islands. Getting in touch with nature is an inspiring approach to learning what Hawaii is all about, whether you’re a casual hiker or an experienced one. There’s something for everyone here, and we think these are the top five hiking trails:
1. Diamond Head Crater, Oahu:
With more than 1.3 million hikers visiting each year, the popular Diamond Head Crater Summit Trail is a moderate 1.6-mile round-trip trek that features an incline of 560 feet. With some steep stairways added in there, you’re sure to get in a great fitness workout by the time you’re done. At the top of the trail, you’ll go through a tunnel leading to a path within the extinct crater that last erupted 200,000 years ago. Once at the summit, you’ll be able to get a panoramic view of Oahu on a clear day.
2. Kilauea Iki Trail, Big Island:
Located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this is a four-mile loop trail that heads right into the Kilauea Iki crater, which last erupted in 1959. Start at Crater Rim Drive next to the the Thurston Lava Tube, experiencing a 400-foot descent that will take your breath away with all the green rainforests. You’ll see birds overhead, beautiful flora and fauna, and even a solid lava lake.
3. Pipiwai Trail, Maui:
Like the Kilauea Trail, this is also a four-mile trail from start to finish. The big payoff at the end is Waimoku Falls, which is shaped like a horseshoe and rises 400 feet to become the island’s biggest waterfall. You won’t always have an easy time getting there, but if you’re more of an experienced hiker, it won’t be too challenging. Pick up the trail at the Kipahulu Visitor Center, to begin your trek amidst gulches, natural pools, streams and bamboo forests. Budget between three and five hours to do the entire trail.
4. Kalalau Trail, Kauai:
Running along the Na Pali Coast, you’ll tackle this 11-mile roundtrip hike that spans from Kee Beach to Kalalau Valley. You’ll get gorgeous views of the stunning coastline, punctuated by cliffs, rainforests and valleys. You may even want to plan to stay overnight depending on how far you want to go. Start at Kee Beach, follow the Kalalau trail, hit Hanakapiai Beach, then go on to Kalalau Valley if you’ve got the drive!
5. Manoa Falls Trail, Oahu:
With the stately Koolau mountain range in the background, this hike follows curvy paths in and out of the valley and forests. One that’s common with beginner hikers is Manoa Falls, which is just one mile long – perfect for even the most casual hiker. After hiking through bamboo groves, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall, with lots of wildlife along the way.
Hoku Hawaii Tours offers guided tours of many hiking trails throughout Hawaii. Give us a call and we can organize something perfect for your ability level.