Best Hawaii Hiking Trails

Hawaii has 45 hikes.

  May 7, 2019

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.

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Mauna Loa Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Napau Crater Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Waimea Canyon

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.  MORE INFO

Ala Kahakai Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Powerline Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Ka ena Point State Park

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.  MORE INFO

Hana-Waianapanapa Coast Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Pololu Valley Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Haiku Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Pipiwai Trail

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.  MORE INFO

Diamond Head Crater Trail

South of Waikiki in Diamond Head State Monument on Oahu, the Diamond Head Crater Trail is a 1.6 mile round trip route with 560 feet of climbing. The Diamond Head Crater Trail winds up the inside of an extinct volcanic crater to the summit. You'll need to pass through a 225 foot tunnel on the way to the top.  MORE INFO

Kilauea Crater Rim Trail

Southwest of Hilo in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Kilauea Crater Rim Trail is a great 3.6 mile hike that combines road with rim-side trail. Starting hiking from the Visitor Center on Crater Rim Drive heading south towards the Steam Vents.  MORE INFO

Waialeale Summit Trail

North of Waimea in Kokee State Park on Kauai, the trail to the summit of Mount Wai'ale'ale, the wettest place on Earth, is an arduous route to be under taken only by the foolish. It is a 17.4 mile route from the main highway through mud bog and swamps to the summit. Most of the trail through the Alakai Swamp does not exist any more due to lack of use and regrowth.  MORE INFO

Pali (Maunawili) Trail

Northeast of Honolulu on Oahu, the Pali (Maunawili) Trail is an easy 11 mile one-way trek along the windward coast. The flat route is well-marked. It passes through forest on the lower slopes of the Koolau Mountain range.  MORE INFO

Skyline Trail

Southeast of Kahului in Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area on Maui, the Skyline Trail is an 8 mile hike down from the crater summit in HNP. It starts on the south side of Science City just beyond the Puu Ulaula summit building. It follows a rift zone heading south down 3,800 feet from lava into redwood forest.  MORE INFO

Waimoku Falls Trail

On the southeast side of Maui in Haleakala National Park, the Waimoku Falls Trail is a 4 mile route starting at the Kipahulu Visitor Center. The hiking route climbs through the rain forest and bamboo forest to the 400 foot tall Waimoku Falls. While the trail is maintained, the route can be pretty muddy.  MORE INFO