Hikes on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawai’i is the largest Hawaiian island (as well as the largest island in the United States). The volcanic island covers over 4,000 square miles, but is only home to a fraction of the Hawaiian population, leaving lots of outdoor spaces to explore.

A rugged coastline circles the island, lined with tide pools that host sea turtles and tropical fish. The island’s interior is covered with volcanic landscapes and rainforest-draped ravines. Waterfalls are abundant, including ‘Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls.

Five shield volcanoes make up the Island of Hawai’i: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualālai and Kīlauea. The largest volcanoes are Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, each rising to over 13,000 feet tall. The summit of Mauna Kea is the tallest point in Hawai’i, at 13,802 feet. Visit Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park to see the very-active Kīlauea Volcano. The Big Island of Hawai’i is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands in geological terms and continues to grow from volcanic eruptions.

Hiking the Big Island of Hawai’i

Explore the Big Island’s dramatic beaches, gushing waterfalls, historic sites, and evolving 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.

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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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Distance: 1.2 miles · Elevation change: 30 feet
By: Published: Last updated: November 13, 2018