Royal Ground Puuhonua Place of Refuge Loop Puuhonua o Honahnah National Historical Park Big Island of Hawaii
To walk through Hawaiian history, head to Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, located on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i, south of Kona. A convenient hiking trail weaves through the park's Royal Grounds and the Pu‘uhonua (place of refuge). This half-mile long loop passes sixteen numbered markers that correspond with entries in a park brochure to put an... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2019
Kaumana Caves Lava Tube Park Hilo Big Island Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawai‘i is a dynamic land, where you can find a lava tube on the edge of the island's main city. An 1881 lava flow from Mauna Loa stopped just short of Hilo. Venture up and down a lava tube created by that flow. Enter through a collapsed skylight at Kaumana Caves Park and start exploring. While the entire tube may measure over twenty miles long, visitors can expect to... Read more.
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Tagged with · Caves · Free Trails · Hilo · Lava Tubes
Distance: 1 mile · Elevation change: 50 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 8, 2019
Rainbow Falls Lookout Hike Wailuku River State Park Hilo Big Island Hawaii
A mile and a half from downtown Hilo, the biggest city on the Big Island of Hawaii, Rainbow Falls pours over a basalt ledge in Hawaii's longest river. The 80-foot tall waterfall takes a broad single-drop plunge. Visitors can see Rainbow Falls (and hopefully a morning rainbow) from Rainbow Falls Lookout in Wailuku River State Park, where 0.2 miles of lets-be-generous-and-call-it-hiking leads... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Hawaii State Parks · Hilo · Waterfalls
Distance: 0.2 miles · Elevation change: 40 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 8, 2019
Akaka Falls State Park Waterfall hike Hilo Big Island Hawaii Akaka Falls Loop Trail
‘Akaka Falls is stunner – considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii – with a 442-foot single-drop into a tropical valley. This great waterfall is paired with a great viewpoint. A paved 0.55-mile long loop trail leads to a lookout in front of ‘Akaka Falls, while also providing a glimpse of 300-foot tall Kahuna Falls and several small cascades. ‘Akaka Falls is the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Hawaii State Parks · Honomu · Waterfalls
Distance: 0.55 miles · Elevation change: 115 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 1, 2019
Waipio Valley Overlook Viewpoint Waipio Lookout Big Island Hawaii
Waipi‘o Valley is a rugged, beautiful, and historic Hawaiian valley on the north side of the Big Island. The verdant valley has a mile long black sand beach framed by steep, thousand foot-tall cliffs. Get a good look at Waipi‘o Valley from a perch at the rim of the valley wall. Waipio Lookout has interesting info panels and impressive views. The lookout is also the launch point for a... Read more.
Tagged with · Ocean Views · Waipio Valley
By: Published: Last updated: January 7, 2019
Waipio Valley Road Waipio Beach Muliwai Trail Overlook Hike Waipi'o Valley Hi'ilawe Falls Lookout Hawaii
Waipi‘o Valley is known as the Valley of Kings for its regal chapter in Hawaiian history. You're bound to feel high and mighty while looking across this remote valley and its pristine beach from a panoramic perch on Muliwai Trail. Waipi‘o Valley has steep, thousand foot-tall cliffs, so entering the valley is no simple stroll. Cross Waipi‘o Beach and visit Muliwai Trail Overlook on a... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · Free Trails · Kohala Forest Reserve · Ocean Views · Waipio Valley · Waterfalls
Distance: 4.88 miles · Elevation change: 1300 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 1, 2019
Kiholo State Park Reserve Wainanalii Lagoon Kiholo Bay Hike Kona Big Island of Hawaii Black sand Beach Hike
While much of Hawai‘i's coastline is understandably built up with vacation destination resorts, some areas have a wilder feel, like Kīholo Bay. Driftwood decorates the rugged coastline, just 25 miles north of Kona, and green sea turtles ease through the bay's cyan-colored shallows. The Hawaii State Parks website describes Kīholo State Park Reserve as: A stark, lava-covered coastal... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · Free Trails · Hawaii State Parks · Kona · Tide Pools
Distance: 2 miles · Elevation change: 15 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2019
Kalahuipua'a Trail and Fishponds Loop Hike Puako Hawaii Moana Lani Kalahuipua'a Historic Park
A list of things for hikers to do on the Big Island of Hawai‘i includes: walking across a lava field, exploring a cave, looking for petroglyphs, seeing fishponds created by early Hawaiians, and taking a time-out by tide pools in a beautiful bay. Check off everything on that list with one visit to Kalahuipua‘a Historic Park and Fishpond Preserve. A loop around coastal Kalahuipua‘a... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · Fishponds · Free Trails · Lava Tubes · Puako · Tide Pools
Distance: 1.7 miles · Elevation change: 30 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2019
Malama Trail Puako Petroglyph Archeological District Hike Hawaii Puako Petroglyph Park Moana Lani Kona Area Rock Carvings
On the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Puakō Petroglyph Archeological District is one of the best places to see rock carvings created by early Hawaiians. Malama Trail offers two hiking itineraries: Keep things easy with a 0.2-mile round trip hike on a paved wheelchair-friendly path to an enjoyable collection of reproductions that match the area's authentic petroglyphs A rougher trail... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · Free Trails · Petroglyphs · Puako
Distance: 1.2 miles · Elevation change: 30 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2019
Forest Park Loop Hike Wild Cherry Trail Alder Trail Portland Oregon
What will you find under the canopy of Forest Park? Dirt single tracks weave through verdant woodlands, passing Douglas firs and bigleaf maples bedecked with licorice ferns. Explore some of Forest Park's charmingly ridges and ravines on this 3.5-mile loop with 510 feet of elevation change. Although Wild Cherry Trail and Alder Trail are the most notable members of this hike, this circuit... Read more.
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Tagged with · Forest Park · Free Trails · Northwest Portland · Tualatin Mountains · West Hills of Portland
Distance: 3.5 miles · Elevation change: 510 feet
By: Published: Last updated: October 19, 2018