Sometimes when we take a step back and view things from above, we get a whole new perspective.
That’s definitely the case when it comes to Hawaii.
The beautiful, clean beaches, surf, and island culture of Hawaii is mesmerizing for most travellers (including myself) however, that’s not all that the island has to offer by a long shot.
After just one hike on any of the islands, you will be addicted to the vistas. Unlike anywhere else in the world, the view from the top in Hawaii is epic, to say the least. A bird’s eye perspective allows you to see all that the volcanic islands have to offer; rugged terrain, lush jungles, bamboo groves and fierce waterfalls.
Hawaii is adventure capital both on land and in the ocean. In my opinion, what makes Hawaii so unique is it varying levels of difficulty, in regards to all these adventures. Hawaii is home to some of the most extreme, dangerous and rewarding hikes in the world, as well as, some of the easiest, most scenic hikes most have ever experienced.
Hiking as a sport is unique. It allows you to really ground and connect with nature and what better place to do that than in Hawaii?! Being active on vacation is important for most people and gives you the energy to explore other elements of the destinations, such as the delicious fish tacos that you will want to enjoy after a day of exploring the trails.
5 Hawaiian Hikes that will kickstart your holiday
Located in Oahu, close to Honolulu this is Hawaii’s most popular hike. It attracts thousands of tourists and locals each year. From the top, you can look down at bustling Honolulu or to the left there is wide open ocean where it’s common to spot turtles and whales. The two parallels almost seem surreal, but then again, so does everything in Hawaii.
The trail is 2.5 km and is relatively easy, it has a well-maintained path that can be used for walking or running.
Manoa Falls Trail
Inside the Manoa Valley in Oahu, you will find the Manoa Falls trail.
This is a 1.6km hike that leads to a magnificent 150-foot waterfall. The trail is not difficult and winds its way through beautiful jungle and bamboo forests. Choose to spend the day here to escape the busy city and midday heat.
The waterfall is a powerful sight to see but, my favourite part was the surrounding jungle, it’s almost as if you have walked into the Amazon.
If you are a hiker, you’ve heard of this trail as it’s deemed one of the best hikes in America and the World.
Located in Kauai on the Na Pali Coast is this stunning trail which hugs cliff sides for a jaw dropping view of the Pacific Ocean.
For novice or moderate hikers the first section is recommended. This section is 3.2km and works it’s way to Hanakapi ai Beach, which is a beautiful wild beach that you can spend the day at before making your way back along the trail.
If you are an advanced hiker and want to complete the full trail, you will need to get a permit in advance and plan your hike accordingly.
This red dirt canyon looks like something straight out of the Grand Canyon or even Mars. It is located in Kauai and voted as the #1 thing to do on the island.
The Canyon itself is massive – approximately 16 miles long and 3,000 feet deep. The Canyon and the surrounding area make up the State Park. Inside the park, you will find a variety of hikes varying in intensity.
Research in advance where you would like to explore or grab a map on site. Don’t forget to visit the lookout point (which is car accessible) for an unforgettable view of the canyon.
For a day trip, Cliff trail / Canyon Trail is suggested, it’s a short trek with rewarding vistas.
Haleakala National Park
I left this one for last because I cannot begin to do it justice in writing or photos (see photo above). Hiking Haleakala for sunrise is an experience that I will never forget, and I hope that everyone can experience it at least once in their lifetime.
Haleakala is the biggest dormant volcano in the world. It is also known as “the house of the sun” and believe me you will understand that once you see how the sun awakens from it. Its name has an interesting origin which your tour guide will explain through a beautifully detailed story.
Thanks to various travel options, all levels of hikers can enjoy the sunrise from Haleakala. Driving tours are available that include minimal to zero hiking, or more advanced overnight trekking adventures are possible.
Be sure to book in advance and bring warm clothes, at an elevation of over 10,000 feet it’s chilly at the top … Even for us Canadians.
Let Hawaii’s beauty capture you and soak it up for a rainy day back at home.
The islands are alive and hiking them will motivate you to be the same.
If you have any questions about hiking in Hawaii or Hawaii as a destination contact one of our TierOne Travel Hawaiian travel specialists