Hawaii - Big Island

Hawaii, United States
 (2 votes, 3 reviews)
Hawaii, or "The Big Island," is a fascinating and constantly-evolving place thanks, in part, to the regular lava flow. Beyond its beautiful beaches, the youngest in the Hawaiian islands chain also features some amazing natural and man-made wonders, such as:
- Mauna Kea, a mountain so high that it frequently collect snow and is home to one of the most renowned observatories for astronomy
- The southern-most point in the United States, called "Ka Lae" or South Point
- Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes
- A black sand beach called Punaluu
- Horseback riding, ranches and some of the richest farmland in the world in Waimea
- Petroglyphs, historic temples and world-class resorts on the Kohala coast
- Has all but 2 of the world's climate zones

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Out-of-this-World Hilo on the Big Island
Hawaii Island's east side harbor hamlet offers more than meets the eye
Easy
10.0 mi/
16.1 km

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Hawai'i Chain of Craters Drive
An unforgettable drive from the top of Kilauea in Hawai'i to the Pacific Ocean.
Easy
22 mi/
35 km
Kilauea Craters Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes NP
Hiking inside the desolate crater of possibly the world's most active volcano.
Moderate
8.5 mi/
13.7 km
Guides
Kilauea Craters Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes NP
Kilauea Craters Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes NP
Pahoa, Hawaii, United States
 
Moderate: 8.5 miles, Full day
Hiking inside the desolate crater of possibly the world's most active volcano.
Hawai'i Chain of Craters Drive
Hawai'i Chain of Craters Drive
Pahoa, Hawaii, United States
 
Easy: 22 miles, Half day
An unforgettable drive from the top of Kilauea in Hawai'i to the Pacific Ocean.
Out-of-this-World Hilo on the Big Island
Out-of-this-World Hilo on the Big Island
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
 
Easy: 10.0 miles, Full day
Hawaii Island's east side harbor hamlet offers more than meets the eye
Community Trips
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Captain Cook Monument Trail
by Vaudesir on Feb 19, 2010
Captain Cook, Hawaii, United States
4.1 miles
A short hike down (and back up) to Captain Cook Monument, in beautiful Kealakekua Bay.At the north end of Kealakekua Bay, British explorer Captain Cook was killed in 1779. A monument commemorating the event was erected in 1874 close to the spot Cook is believed to have fallen. Accessing this monument is not very easy. You either have to take a boat, a kayak, or hike to it. We chose to hike...
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Kilauea Iki Trail - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
by Vaudesir on Feb 20, 2010
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
5.9 miles
Hiking inside a crater, on a solidified lava lake, is a unique experience. It can be done in the Kilauea Iki crater, right at the heart of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.My dad and I have been meaning to hike this trail. As a matter of fact, we came back to the park despite the distance (about 3 hours of driving from the Kohala Coast) just for this hike, and it was...
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Kiholo Bay - Wainanalii lagoon
by Vaudesir on Feb 18, 2010
Kīholo, Hawaii, United States
5.5 miles
A nice exploration of the Kiholo Bay, including its amazing Wainanalii lagoon.My dad and I decided to explore Kiholo Bay (in the Kohala area) on a very nice afternoon. Kiholo Bay extends roughly from the "private" Luahinewai Pond in the south, to the Wainanalii lagoon in the north, roughly distant from each other by 1.5 miles.We accessed the bay using a trail that starts along Queen Kaahumanu Highway. This trail goes through...
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Green sand beach hike
by jsgottwald on Feb 09, 2009
Waikapuna, Hawaii, United States
5.6 miles
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Captain Cook Monument Trail
by pcmasten on Feb 27, 2012
Captain Cook Town, Hawaii, United States
3.9 miles
This is a 4 miles strenuous hike. The trail head is just off Hwy 11 just past the 111 marker. Look for the turnoff to Captain Cook Bay (also called Napo'opo'o road. The start of the trail is about 50 yds down the road. Look for 3 palm trees as you go down the road. There are some turnouts on the road so that you can park. There are no facilities here....
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Malama Trail to Puako Petroglyph Park
by Vaudesir on Feb 17, 2010
Lahuipuaa (historical), Hawaii, United States
1.4 miles
An easy hike with my dad to check out one of the largest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs.This is a very easy hike in terms of distance (less than 1.5 miles round trip) and elevation (it's flat) but it can be tough because it's hot and dusty, and because the roots of the kiawe trees keep trying to make you trip (watch out for this trees. They are beautiful but they have long...
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Hawai'i: Big Island - Volcanoes National Park: Kīlauea Iki Trail
by ripcitybeaver on Jul 28, 2011
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
3.7 miles
This is a moderate 4-mile hike located with the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.  You start out hiking along the ridge of the crater.  About half-way through, you have descended all the way down into the crater, where you can still see gas and smoke escaping.
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Mauna Loa
by dluiz on Dec 20, 2006
Kaunēnē, Hawaii, United States
8.3 miles
Hike to the top of the largest volcano on earth.
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Kilauea Iki Trail
by rakeshlobster on Jul 20, 2009
Volcano, Hawaii, United States
4.9 miles
Hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail with the sidetrip to the Thurston Lava Tube.
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Hawai'i: Big Island - Rainbow Falls
by ripcitybeaver on Jul 27, 2011
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
0.4 miles
Another state park, this is one of the bigger falls in the area, and the most picturesque.  Again, if you look hard enough, you can find an unmaintained trail taking you to the top of the falls.

Reviews
McMurdoStation
Rode the bicycle portion of the Ironman Triathalon Route from Kailua-Kona to Hawi. Nice route with mostly nice shoulders or little traffic.
Visited on Jun 28, 2010

by McMurdoStation on Dec 01, 2010
afreed
Had some great trips to the beach, many included some hikes in. I like the dry side and love the walks across lava.
Visited on Nov 15, 2009

by afreed on Apr 17, 2011
gm0neyl0ve
Beautiful Paradise. Can't wait to go back. Love going to Volcano and staying at the Orchid.
Visited on Sep 02, 2009

by gm0neyl0ve on Jul 11, 2011

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