Located in the US, the hiking in Hawaii offers over thirty trail routes from which to choose. The best Hawaii hiking based on popularity are considered to be Kalalau Trail, HiIlawe Falls, Okolehao Trail, Mauna Loa Trail, and Nu alolo Trail / Awaawapuhi Loop. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Hawaii hiking trail below.
Southwest of Hilo in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, the Mauna Loa Trail, a 36 mile route up 6,600 feet to the 13,677 summit from rainforest to snowcap. This is typically a 3 day hike with a moderate grade and ocean vistas. The route runs through volcanic landscape with jagged lava fields and big lava tubes.
Southwest of Hilo in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, the Napau Crater Trail (aka Mauna Ulu Trail) is an adventurous route to the Puu Oo Vent, which is the center of the current eruption. This 18 mile round trip hike will require all day.
North of Waimea in Kokee State Park on Kauai, the 4,350 acre Kokee State Park has miles of hiking trails. The state park contains the Waimea Canyon, which is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It's a beatiful red rock trek along canyon rim and through rain forest.
Southwest of Waimea on the Big Island, the 1,600 acre Kekaka Kai (aka Kona Coast) State Park has a historic 4.5 mile hike through wilderness on a coastal trail call Ala Kahaka. The route summits Puu Ku'ili (a 342 cinder cone) on the way to Kua Bay.
South of Princeville or east of Wailua on Kauai, the Powerline Trail is a popular 13 mile hiking route with awesome views of the lush forests. It is along an old dirt road cut through a wilderness-like setting in the 1900s for power line installation.
Northwest of Honolulu and north of Makaha on Oahu, the 800 acre Ka'ena Point State Park has a 2.7 mile one-way trek along a volcanic coast past tidal pools and stone arches. It rolls through sand dunes and along jagged cliffs of the coastline. There are brilliant sunsets from the point itself, near the lighthouse.
North of Hana in Wai Anapana State Park on Maui, the Hana-Waianapanapa Coast Trail is an easy 6 mile hike along a flat coastal route. It runs along lava cliffs and through Lauhala forests. A good place to start is the Waianapanapa Campground.
North of Waimea and southeast of Kapaau on the Big Island, the Pololu Valley Trail (aka Awini Trail) is a scenic valley from the lookout down into the valley floor on the ocean coast. Expect to find lush jungle and waterfalls.
Northeast of Honolulu on Oahu, the Haiku Trail climbs 2,000 feet up through forest on the slopes of the Koolau Mountain range. There are 3,500 metal steps built in the lush cliff heading up to a vista of the Haiku Valley.
South of Hana on Maui, the Pipiwai Trail is a 4 mile round trip hiking trail that is known for it's spectacular views of Waimoku Falls. The Pipiwai Trail ascends through the rain forest and bamboo forest to the 400 foot tall Waimoku Falls.