Hikes in Hawaii

The Aloha State is an inviting place for hikers. Trails on the Hawaiian Islands are like nowhere else in America, passing through rainforests that wouldn’t grow in the contiguous states and visiting turquoise bays that only Hawaii can offer. Stroll beautiful beaches, snorkel in tropical tide pools, watch waterfalls tumble, and witness volcanoes that mold the landscape.

Although beaches might by what come to mind when you think of the 50th state, Hawaii also has large volcanic mountains. The summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai’i is the highest point in Hawaii, at 13,802 feet.

Hiking Hawaii

Currently, hikespeak offers information on hiking trails on just one of the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island of Hawai’i. Explore Hawaii’s largest island to see gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, historic sites, and volcanic features.

Kalahuipua'a Trail and Fishponds LoopKalahuipua’a Trail and Fishponds Loop
This action-packed 1.7-mile hike explores a lava field with a lava tube shelter and impressive fishponds along a gorgeous coastline.
Kiholo Bay Wainanalii Lagoon HikeKiholo Bay & Wainanali’i Lagoon
This 2-mile coastal hike in Kiholo State Park Reserve has non-stop ocean views, crossing tide pools and beaches on the way to a turquoise lagoon.
Puako Petroglyph Archeological DistrictMalama Trail
This 0.2 to 1.2-mile hike visits rare rock carvings in Puakō Petroglyph Archeological District on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i.

(More trails coming soon.)

A word about the ‘okina: Although it may look unusual to mainlanders, the in words like Hawai’i acts as a glottal stop. Aside from addresses and some titles, this website will strive use the ‘okina and other accents in the Hawaiian language whenever possible to be accurate and respectful of Hawaiian heritage.

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Kiholo State Park Reserve Wainanalii Lagoon Kiholo Bay Hike Kona Big Island of Hawaii Black sand Beach Hike
While much of Hawaii'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 park... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · Free Trails · Hawaii State Parks · Kona · Tide Pools
Distance: 2 miles · Elevation change: 15 feet
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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 Fishponds... 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: November 13, 2018
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: November 13, 2018