Hiking in Hawaii: A Local Hawaiian Guide for the Adventurous Trekker
Hike into the glowing depths of an active volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Log time on the 175-mile Kona Coast King’s Trail, looping through temples and past historic petroglyphs. Trek along volcanic ridges and soak in the Waipio Valley, or “The Valley of Kings.” The possibilities are endless, leading to serene mountaintop ponds, gushing backcountry cascades, lava outflows, and black sand beaches. Hawaii’s geography has something for every kind of hiker, from novice to seasoned veteran. No matter your skill level, you’ll need to be prepared—rain gear, first aid, sturdy shoes, pants to protect against sharp brush, and plenty of water. The Hawaiian wild can be as beautiful as it is unforgiving! It is also wise to enjoy the gorgeous Hawaiian wild with a buddy, or a local. It is important to respect the Hawaiian wilderness and it’s harmony, just as the original inhabitants of the islands did (and still do). If you aren’t much of a lone wolf—or, if you simply want to learn a little about the land you trek upon—then a guided tour is a great alternative. Guided tours and treks are available on every island, but are most numerous on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. Spend the day with a knowledgeable local as they point out native plants and fauna, lead you to the edge of the Koko Crater, bring you close to bright orange lava flows, or join you in swimming in the headwaters of the stunning Hi’ilawe Falls. The Mauna Kea summit awaits hikers, and is one of the more popular guided treks in Hawaii, often ending with a beautifully serene stargazing session atop the 13,803-foot volcano.