TOP 10 HIKES IN HAWAII
As the only state in the country with tropical rain forest, you can’t go wrong with a hike through the wilderness here. Enjoy these ten hikes that will help you appreciate this fantastic place.
 
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DIAMOND HEAD CRATER, OAHU

One of the most popular hikes in the entire state is that of the Diamond Head Crater Summit Trail which is very short in distance at just over a mile-and-a-half but climbs 560-feet in that time. The top overlooks Oahu’s south shore and is a nice new perspective of the bustling city.

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MANOA FALLS, OAHU

Moana Falls is a spectacular waterfall that’s a mere one-mile hike (each way) and leads you to the 150-foot falls. The ease and convenience, only five minutes from Honolulu, make this hike a crowded one but it’s not a long commitment if you’re sick of the city-people.

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HAIKU STAIRS, OAHU

You’ll risk a $1,000 fine if you take this restricted hike. Thanks to a 2015 storm and the damage it caused, the Haiku Stairs is no longer open to the public. Some locals suggest that experienced hikers can do it and, in turn, do do it. We’re not saying you should go on this hike, but open or closed it’s still one of the best hikes in Hawaii.

7.
HI’ILAWE FALLS, BIG ISLAND

This 4.5-mile hike takes you through the stream at several points so be prepared. Because of this the hike takes a while but it it’s well worth the work as you’ll have the trail (or “trail”) to yourself and the climax will surely be the waterfalls that stretch well over 1,000 feet up.

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MAUNA KEA, BIG ISLAND

The highest peak in the state resides on the Big Island, appropriately, and is Mauna Kea. Perhaps the best reason to take on this elevated task is to have the opportunity to experience snow in Hawaii. You’ll be working hard to reach the 13,800’ summit, so buy yourself a Kona beer to celebrate when you’re done.

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PIPIWAI TRAIL, MAUI

While on Maui, head to Kipahulu where you’ll find this four-mile hike. The destination here is Waimoku falls which is a waterfall that plunges from 400-feet high. The hike has some elevation gain but is generally considered an easy route, though not as widely used due to its location.

4.
HALEMAUNAU CRATER, BIG ISLAND

So, you’ve always wanted to walk on a live volcano? This is your opportunity! In a short 1-2 hour hike you’ll see the steam and smoke rising from the hot lava below and you may even see some of the flowing and glowing red stuff that you avoided tirelessly as a child (the floor is lava!).

3.
MAKAPUU POINT LIGHTHOUSE, OAHU

It’s not Maine but there are still some great opportunities to check out lighthouses in Hawaii. The two-mile hike to the Makapuu Point Lighthouse is basically the walking equivalent of the Pacific Coast Highway in that you see striking views of the Pacific Ocean. If you’re lucky, and traveling in the winter, you just may see migrating humpback whales along this route.

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AWAAWAPUHI, KAUAI

For some of the most dramatic drop-offs you can’t go wrong with Awaawapuhi Trail. It is 6.2-miles out and back and be careful with your endurance because this is one of those hikes that gives you false confidence. You’ll spend the entire first half of the hike working your way down 1500-feet, leaving those exact 1500-feet to revisit the opposite direction (i.e. up) on your way back.

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KALALAU TRAIL, KAUAI

This might be the most ambitious hike on the list with an 11-mile trek through five valleys and alongside cliffs. Ultimately it leads you two Hanakapiai Falls and to Kalalau Beach for a secluded finish. You can camp as well but be sure to acquire permits prior.

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