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. The Big Island is home to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

This collection of trails on the Big Island of Hawai‘i is arranged from north to south. The table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, GPS maps, elevation profiles, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these day hikes. An interactive map is also provided.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Waipio Valley Hike100Waipi‘o Beach & Muliwai Trail Overlook
This hike plunges into fantastically-wild Waipi‘o Valley, crosses a remote black sand beach (framed by cliffs and waterfalls), and climbs to a stellar view overlooking the ocean, beach, and valley.
4.88 miles
1300 feet
20.1177,
-155.5836
Puako Petroglyph Archeological District180Malama Trail
This short hike visits rare rock carvings in Puakō Petroglyph Archeological District on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i.
0.2 - 1.2 miles
30 feet
19.9552,
-155.8594
Kalahuipua'a Trail and Fishponds Loop200Kalahuipua‘a Trail and Fishponds Loop
This action-packed hike explores a lava field with a lava tube shelter and impressive fishponds along a gorgeous coastline.
1.7 miles
35 feet
19.9419,
-155.8642
Kiholo Bay Wainanalii Lagoon Hike220Kiholo Bay & Wainanali‘i Lagoon
This coastal hike in Kiholo State Park Reserve has non-stop ocean views, crossing tide pools and beaches on the way to a turquoise lagoon.
2 miles
15 feet
19.85125,
-155.93188
Akaka Falls Hike300‘Akaka Falls
This short loop slips through a tropical valley to bold views of a 442-foot single-drop waterfall.
0.55 miles
115 feet
19.854,
-155.1523
Rainbow Falls350Rainbow Falls
This short hike around Rainbow Falls Lookout explores a viewpoint facing a lovely waterfall and also ventures up to the top of the falls.
0.2 miles
40 feet
19.71885,
-155.1085
Kaumana Caves Hike400Kaumana Caves
This underground hike explores lava tubes on the edge of Hilo, created by an 1881 eruption of Mauna Loa.
1 mile
50 feet
19.6866,
-155.1309
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park430Royal Grounds – Pu‘uhonua Loop
This loop on the coast south of Kona explores Hawaiian royal grounds and a place of sanctuary in Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park.
0.5 mile
15 feet
19.4215,
-155.9102
Kipukapuaulu Trail Hawaii500Kīpukapuaulu Trail
This nature trail loop visits a forest oasis within the lava flows below Mauna Loa.
1.2 miles
185 feet
19.4375,
-155.3032
Sulphur Banks Steaming Bluff Loop505Sulphur Banks Trail - Crater Rim Trail Loop
This hike tours a colorful hydrothermal area and looks into Kilauea Caldera from Steaming Bluff.
1.6 miles
50 feet
19.4296,
-155.2575
Hawaii Petroglyphs Trail525Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs Trail
This hike in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park traverses an old lava flow to a boardwalk loop within a special area of preserved petroglyphs.
1.4 miles
25 feet
19.28899,
-155.1299
Holei Sea Arch530Hōlei Sea Arch
This brief hike in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park crosses a basalt bluff to a landmark sea arch extending into the ocean.
0.1 miles
15 feet
19.29515,
-155.0983

Points of Interest in Hawaii

Waipio Lookout HawaiiWaipio Lookout
This viewpoint on the rim of Waipi‘o Valley provides a great perspective over Waipi‘o Beach and the beautiful coastline on the north side of the Big Island.
Tree MoldsTree Molds
See molds cast by a lava flow at the hollowed sites of old trees.

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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Kipukapuaulu Trail Forest Hike Nature Trail Loop Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Filled with bold volcanic features and landscapes reinvented by eruptions, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park might seem an unlikely place to find a deep-rooted forest packed with plant diversity and a thriving bird population. Kīpukapuaulu rises like an oasis, framed the less-fertile lands forged by more recent lava flows. Kīpukapuaulu Trail is a 1.2-mile long nature trail loop with 185... Read more.
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Distance: 1.2 miles · Elevation change: 185 feet
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Tree Molds Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Lava Tree Molds Hawaii
Trees grow big and strong, but they are outmatched by the forces of lava. A tree's last stand against a lava flow can result in a tree mold - a hole in the surface of hardened lava where a tree once stood. Tree molds provide information about lava flows and preceeeding forests. See tree molds with your own eyes at a spot near the entrance of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. A tree... Read more.
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Sulphur Banks Trail Kilauea Crater Rim Trail Loop Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hike Hawaii
Kīlauea Volcano underwent major transformations when it erupted in the summer of 2018. See changed landscapes in and around Kīlauea Caldera from Steaming Bluff, where steam escapes from hot spots just below your feet! Behind the bluff, a hydrothermal area called Sulphur Banks displays colorful mineral deposits, accompanied by eggy smells. Sulphur Banks Trail – Crater Rim Trail Loop... Read more.
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Distance: 1.6 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
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Holei Sea Arch Trail Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Basalt Arch Pacific Ocean Sea Arch Hike Chain of Craters Road Hawaii
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park protects a changing landscape. This is true from the eruptive developments at Kīlauea Caldera all the way down to the ocean erosion at Hōlei Sea Arch. How much longer will this 90-foot tall bridge of basalt withstand the surf? Take a short walk - 100 yards each way - to Hōlei Sea Arch and see it while you can! Hōlei Sea Arch is 22 scenic miles from... Read more.
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Tagged with · Arches · National Parks · Ocean Views · Volcano
Distance: 0.1 miles · Elevation change: 15 feet
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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs Trail Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Boardwalk Hike Big Island Hawaiian Rock Carvings
Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs Trail puts recent geological history and human history on full display. This level 1.4-mile hike crosses a pahoehoe lava flow to a boardwalk loop through an exciting area with thousands of petroglyphs carved by early Hawaiians. The petroglyphs honor the births of those that lived here hundreds of years ago. This short trek in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is sure... Read more.
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Distance: 1.4 miles · Elevation change: 25 feet
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