Arguably, the Big
Island of Hawaii has a more variable selection of hikes than any other
Hawaiian Island. The hiking Hawaii adventures include rainforest hikes,
eco-tours, volcano tours, lava tube hikes, hikes through the Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park, waterfall hikes, Mauna
Loa summit adventures, bird watching hikes, mule ride adventures,
various wildlife hiking tours and a variety of nature walks, walking
tours and sightseeing tours of the island.
Perhaps the most exciting hikes
are found in the Hawaii Volcanoes National
Park. Here you will be immersed in the fantastic terrain,
microclimates, dynamic geology and flora of Kilauea Volcano, unique in
the entire world. Huge craters, steaming vents and molten lava (when
access is feasible) are among the possibilities here on the youngest
and most active of the Island's five volcanoes. Trail routes here range
from an easy "sampler" to hard-core 14 mile adventures. The usual
amount is 6 miles.
Other hikes will take you to the
magnificent Waipio Valley. This route
provides a rare opportunity to skirt the rim of the Islands most
immense and best-loved valley. A historic trail takes you to places
where you can securely view the ocean and the valley floor well over
1000 ft below. Crucial times in Hawaii's past unfold in the scenery at
your feet: imagination comes alive as the guide's narration blends with
the spectacular scenery to erase the bounds of time. The hiking,
through rainforest and fields, over streams and waterfalls, is
excellent. The setting is unmatched anywhere. A waterfall pool swim is
always a refreshing option.
Polulu Valley Hike & Waterfalls
The Pololu Valley offers some magnificient views, such as the
breathtaking Kapoloa Falls, which plunges 300 feet
and cascades across the trail and then falling another 200 feet.
Rainbow Falls, the most visited of the waterfalls and is located a few
miles inland from Hilo. North of Hilo you will find the Akaka Falls,
which can be viewed by a short 10-minute walk along a paved trail.
Another few miles further north is the Umauma Waterfalls and Gardens.
This fairly level and easy
three-mile walk is nestled in a lush, forested valley, crossing over
delightful waterfalls. This incredible trail, carved into the cliffside
a thousand feet above the valley floor, passes over quaint footbridges;
hidden water tunnels and reveals breathtaking scenic views through the
valley to the cliffs above the ocean.
The turnaround point is Kapoloa
Falls, which provides one of the most dazzling photo opportunities the
island has to offer. This breathtaking waterfall drops three hundred
feet above you and two hundred feet below as it cascades over the
trail. On the way back, enjoy a private and secluded lookout point
where you will experience the unforgettable panorama of Hawaii’s
magnificent pali coastline with its miles of towering sea cliffs and
Hawaii Volcanoes National
Hawaiian Walkways’ routes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompass
lush rain forests, lava tubes, steam vents, craters, a desert, islands
of vegetation isolated by lava flows, and, sometimes, eruption sites
with molten lava. We reach into seldom-visited corners of this active
volcano, giving our hikers uncrowded settings.
This hike route provides a rare opportunity to skirt the rim of the
Island’s most immense and best-beloved valley. Historical trails take
us to places where we can securely view streams and waterfalls
close-up, and the ocean and valley floor well over 1,000 feet below.
Crucial times in Hawaii’s past unfolded in the scenery at our feet.
Akaka Falls Near Hilo
Akaka Falls, located above Honomu, just North of Hilo is actually two
waterfalls located on a 1/2 mile circular path. To get there, turn into
Honomu (the turnoff will be between the 13 and 14 mile markers on
Highway 11, look for the large sign that says Honomu). Follow that road
up through the town, take a left at the dead end, take a right at the
old cane road that leads to the parking area. The old cane road may not
be marked. It is just past all the stores that are on the left. If you
get to houses on both sides of the road you have gone too far
End of the World
This little jaunt could run the gamut from a walk to a hike
depending on how ambitious you are. The
name is misleading as the trail is actually right in the Keauhou area
ocean. Drive south on Ali`i Drive all
the way to the end. You will see a trail
head and you can park alongside the road. More..
State Park Hiking
couple of times a year we enjoy a leisurely drive through
South Kona to Manuka
State Park. We bring a lunch for a picnic at the tables
in the park entry area, and then we head out on the marked trail. This area is forested with many native trees
and shrubs including `Ohi`a, Kopiko, Mamaki and Olopua, to name a few. These are marked with identification
tags. This has been a valuable
skills-building playground for me over the years, in learning about
native plants. More
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