Hiking in Paradise: 5 Trails to Experience the Best of Hawai’i’s Outdoors

While Hawai’i is renowned for its beautiful beaches, you should also include some time on the state’s world-class hiking trails, in your travel plans. The best hikes in Hawai’i offer a view into the unspoiled natural beauty of the islands, right from the ridgeline treks and trails that wind through breathtaking valleys to descents into still-steaming craters and old lava tubes.

Some trails meander past lush rainforests and while others cut through parched Mars-like landscapes, and some Hawai’i hikes even provide both, so it doesn’t matter if you want to escape the heat or want to soak up the sun.

Hiking in Paradise

5 Beautiful Trails that you Must Try

Here are a few trails you can try while you are in Hawai’i.

1) Pu’u Pia Trail, Oahu

The Pu’u Pia Trail is an easy and convenient alternative for a last-minute excursion because it departs from Honolulu’s Manoa district. The almost two-mile out-and-back trail has lush foliage, lovely flowers, and enough shade for hot days.

2) Sliding Sands Trail, Maui

The 13-mile out-and-back Sliding Sands Trail departs from the Keonehe’ehee Trailhead and will show you an entirely different side of Maui. Although the moderate-to-difficult hike begins with a downhill, be warned that there is a climb to the top before continuing. Even though there is little cover throughout the trail’s Mars-like terrain, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the volcano.

3) Kaumana Caves Trail, Hawaii Island

To have a simple experience close to Hilo, visit Kaumana Caves State Park, which has the incredibly short — a half-mile round-trip — Kaumana Caves route. A lava tube that Mauna Loa built-in 1881 is covered during the short tour. Visitors should wear sturdy shoes and carry a flashlight as the trail descends a metal staircase and enters a dark lava tunnel.

4) Kalalau Trail, Kauai

Although the Kalalau Trail is lengthy—11 miles round trip—it is the only route to reach this section of Kauai’s untamed Napali Coast via land, so the effort is worth it. It should be noted that only the first two miles of the hike from Ke’e Beach to Hanakapiai Beach may be accessed without a day-use permit. Therefore, you must book one in advance to enter H’ena State Park.

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5) Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail, Oahu

Hikers can enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s southeast coast, including Koko Head and Koko Crater, from this short, two-mile round-trip walk that is a part of the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. If the weather is fine, you might see the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai and the famous Makapu’u Lighthouse along the way.

Things to keep in mind before planning a hiking trip to Hawai’i

Safety should always come first, even when hiking which is enjoyable and a fantastic way to decompress.

  • Never go on a hike alone. Always let someone know about your plans.
  • You must never enter someone else’s property without permission.
  • Pay heed to any caution warnings and stay on the trail.
  • Be prepared by bringing enough food and water with you.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Also, wear strong yet comfortable shoes.

With some of the most beautiful hiking paths on earth, Hawaii is a haven for those who enjoy being outside. The island offers an outstanding outdoor experience through distinctive natural scenery and spectacular views.

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Mary S

Mary was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She joined the Aloha Green team in 2017, and has helped to open the first medical cannabis dispensary on the island of Oahu in Hawai’i.  As a person born and raised on Oahu, it has been her honor to help the people of Hawaii educate and learn about the healing benefits of medical cannabis.  Today she works with the marketing and outreach team at Aloha Green Cannabis Collection to provide knowledge to the people of Oahu, and give back to her community.  In 5 years, Aloha Green Cannabis Collection team has expanded to 3 dispensaries and 3 CBD lifestyle stores.