Hiking in Hawaii offers some of the most spectacular views in the world. Whether you’re a hiking expert or just enjoy some easy strolling, there’s a beautiful trek waiting for you on the islands.
Here is a list of the 5 best hikes in Hawaii to explore for everyone from beginners to adventurers.
Green Sand Beach Trail on South Point Peninsula
Starting with an easy but stunning trek, the trails at Green Sand Beach (also known as Papakolea Beach) lead to a bay carved into the side of Pu’u Mahana. It’s a level terrain the whole way but be sure to bring sunblock and hydrate often because there’s no shade on this hike. The beach is a sight to be seen here! It gets its name from the unique composite minerals in the sand called olivine that give it a vibrant green color.
Waihe’e Ridge Trail in Wailuku
This is one of the most gorgeous hikes you’ll find in Maui, however, it is not without some challenging climbs. You will scale about 1,500 feet up for this one and be amongst the clouds. Lanilili Peak is the best lookout destination on the hike. If you go on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the whole valley, the ocean, and more islands if you’re lucky.
Halawa Valley Hike along East Molokai
This hike is more than just for exercise. The Halawa Valley hike is a rich cultural experience where you can learn about the traditions of the Native Hawaiians and listen to their stories. The trail itself is 3 miles long and is best for intermediate level hikers. Expect to hop across rivers and rock formations on this one!
Koko Crater Trail in Oahu
The Koko Crater Trail is for those hikers who are willing to put in some legwork. The hike is very steep but has stairs the whole way up to help make it a bit easier. With over 1,000 steps to reach the top, the hike can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete. The panoramic view of the bay and peninsula is quite the reward though.
Olomana Three Peaks Trail in Kailua
This hike is not for the faint of heart. You will be walking right along the edge of the steep peaks in a rainforest. If you are willing to be a little adventurous, this hike is sure to be one of the most memorable events of your life. The top of the first peak (Mount Olomana) has 360 degree views of the valley that will make your jaw drop. Definitely worth the trek if you have the stomach for heights.
From lush waterfalls and rainforests to sweeping cliffs and breathtaking sunsets, this part of the United States is the closest thing to true paradise. Be sure to bring some good hiking gear for your trip to the islands!