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Big Island, the youngest of the Hawaiian island archipelago, offers diverse hiking landscapes ranging from volcano to snowcapped mountain tundra. Hiking is a great way to explore other islands in Hawaii (Kauai, Maui, or Oahu) as well.

Kiholo Bay, Big Island - Hiking

You can easily guide yourself, especially if you are an experienced hiker. Alternatively, there are guided hawaii hiking tours available. An advantage to taking a hawaii hiking tour is that they can be educational... and you can support the local economy at the same time.

Big Island Hikes
South Kona - Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (easy)
South Kona - Manuka Nature Trail (easy)
Kalopa Native Forest Trail (easy)
Akaka Falls Trail (easy)
Kalopa Gulch Loop (easy)
Pu'u Huluhulu Trail (easy)


Iliahi Loop (easy, 1.5 hours)
The Earthquake - Caldera Floor Loop (2.7 miles, easy, 2 hours)
Devastation Trail (1 mile)
Kipuka Puaulu Trail
Kilauea Iki Loop (4 mile, 2.5 hours, harder)
Halema'uma'u - Byron Ledge (4 hour, harder)
Crater Rim rail (longest loop, 11.6 miles, 8 hours)
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs Trail Sulphur banks (easy, 1 hour)



Easy
Kaumana Trail (3 miles; easy)
Mauna Loa Observatory Road (35 miles; easy)
Onomea Trail (0.5 miles; easy)
Puu Huluhulu Trail (0.6 miles; easy)
Puu Oo Trail (7.4 miles; moderate)

Moderate
Ainapo Road (16 miles; moderate) Ala Kahakai Trail (Kawaihae-Anaehoomalu) (15.4 miles; moderate)
Kaluakauka Trail (0.4 miles; moderate)
Mauna Kea Access Road (32 miles; moderate)
Pololu Trail (1 mile; moderate)
Puu Laau Road (8.4 miles; moderate)

Difficult
Ainapo Trail (20.4 miles; challenging)
Humuula Trail (10.5 miles; difficult)
Mauna Loa climbs (strenuous - park rangers - for more strenuous backpacking info)
Muliwai Trail (18 miles; difficult)
Waipi'o and Waimanu Valleys (2-3 day, camping permit required) (strenuous)

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