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 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 & 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.
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.)