Hawaii has to be one of the most perfect of all the United States, am I right? After all, it’s the only island state in the entire country. It’s a state that’s filled with some of the best sights, incredible volcanic landscapes and epic view that are great for hiking. There’s a whole list of reasons why you need to search for the best hikes in Hawaii, but nothing is more important than to see the beauty of the islands.
That’s what you will fall in love with most during your visit. They’re just so amazing!
Keeping this in mind, here’s a list of top 9 hikes that you can do in Hawaii. So without further ado, let’s get started.
The Kalalau Trail
Situated on Kauai, this is undoubtedly the most popular hike in Hawaii. Roughly twenty-two miles long roundtrip, the Kalalau Trail is particularly famous for its spectacular views of Na Pali Coast.
Also, it is unique in that is the only possible way to reach Kalalau Beach by land! This beach itself is the stuff that tropical dreams are made of, with deep blue waters and snowy white sand. While this hike is world famous for its paradisiacal beauty, it is also popular for being quite treacherous.
The narrow trails can become quickly flooded in rain storms while falling rocks and hazardous swimming waters are other dangers to be aware of.
The western-most tip of Oahu has a somewhat spiritual space in Hawaiian folklore, as it is said to be the place where souls go after death to hop into the otherworld. From the parking lot, you can reach the point either by the northern or southern sides.
A not so long three-mile walk will lead you to the lighthouse which shows the end of the trail (which is awesome, by the way). Best of all, the beach is wonderful and peaceful; you might even catch a glimpse of those little monk seals. After the hike, gorge at Konos, which won the award for Best Restaurant in Oahu recently.
Oh, and do not forget to try their pork, it’s wonderful and a perfect treat after delving into one of the best hikes in Hawaii.
The Diamond Head Trail
This trail is named after Oahu’s (and even Hawaii’s) most popular landmark, Diamond Head. Diamond Head is a huge chunk of volcanic rock that covers a whopping 450 acres!
The hike to the top is roughly two miles, yet the trail is very steep and strenuous so it’s not always the easiest of hikes. Once you reach the summit, however, the climb is well worth it, as you come face to face with one of the most incredible views of the Hawaiian coast.
The Koko Crater Trail
This Oahu trail is uphill trails consisting of a set of steep stairs; over 1,000 of them, to be precise! A famous hike for a spry and pretty fit crowd, it can take roughly from half an hour to an hour to reach the top, depending on the speed you are able to keep.
It’s one of the best hikes in Hawaii, notably as all of your tough work is parked with well-deserved panoramic views of Diamond Head and the lava rocked beaches below. Just be ready to shed some sweat!
The Haiku Stairs
Now, this hike is officially closed due to the unsafe conditions but we know that some people have now completed this from the bottom up (instead of the previous bottom down hike). Famous with the name of the Stairway to Heaven, this hike consisted of a steep set of stairs on the island of Oahu and possibly was one of the most popular and/or best hikes in Hawaii – we will let you make the call on which. Don’t know much about the reasons, but the path was shut down after some destruction occurred in 2015 for the safety of all us hikers.
Still, to this day, the stairs and narrow path can be completely unstable; thus, it is vital to be extremely cautious if you do decide to do it alone (personally, I wouldn’t risk it as of today). The hike from the top is officially closed and something that you really shouldn’t try to do unless you’re ready for a hefty fine, a risky hike or a really big session from the police.
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With this area, in particular, talk to a local guide about the changing conditions that seem to be varying one week from the next.
The Manoa Falls Trail
This is a famous, relatively easy hike that leads to Manoa Falls. The scenery here is absolutely incredible, circled by lush tropical vegetation and a variety of birds and other wildlife that you can’t resist loving.
The falls are roughly 150 feet tall, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the rainbows and other color prisms that sometimes occur. While the trail itself is easy, be sure to be careful to the ground conditions (this rule applies to all hikes in Hawaii, actually). Mud can turn into a very slippery surface, while this particular area is prone to flash flooding during rainstorms so plan accordingly.
The Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail
The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is roughly two miles long each way (so pack plenty of water) and offers up some of the best scenes in Hawaii. There are a whole bunch of stopping points, such as; Crater Rock, as well as the possibility of watching Molokai on an exceptionally clear day.
The name doppelganger of this trail itself is the Makapuu Lighthouse, which was built over a one hundred years ago. Nowadays, this lighthouse is off-limits but can be seen at quite a distance at least. If you’re really fortunate, you might even spot some dolphins or whales even… so keep your eyes wide open!
The Pearl Harbor Historic Trail
This is a walk that is way too valuable for its historical significance than any other factor. The December 7th, 1941 Japanese bombing of the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor came as a complete surprise. It marked the beginning of America’s involvement in World War Two.
Today, you can stroll down a nearly six-mile-long stretch of land which offers a visual history of this area of Hawaii. The trail is quite moderate in some areas, so be sure to be ready accordingly (and be prepared to sweat).
The conclusion of the tour is an emotional walk through the Pacific National Monument as well as the Pacific Aviation Museum and one that you should definitely delve into when in Hawaii.
Mauna Kea holds the title of the highest mountain in Hawaii. Though it’s height is roughly 14,000 feet, it would be the highest peak in the entire world if it were to be measured from its ocean floor base.
Not to wonder, this is not an easy hike, but the tough climb is completely worth it. You break through the cloud line, which gives off some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.
It is not astonishing that this mountain is sacred to native Hawaiians and still seen as one of the hardest and best hikes in Hawaii to experience.