BEST HIKES ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII. When you come to the big island of Hawaii, you are in the right place for adventure. Some of the most exhilarating hikes in America are on the big island. We have compiled a list to guide you to some of the places you can hike.

Waipio Valley – Known as the “Valley of the Kings,” Waipiʻo Valley is located in the Hamakua District of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. “Waipiʻo” means “curved water” in the Hawaiian language.

Waipio Valley lookout

A view down at the Waipio Valley from the lookout.

Kilauea Iki – Kilauea Iki trail in Volcano National Park, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is a pit crater which is next to the main summit caldera of Kīlauea. The Kilauea Iki hike is a 2.4 mile long trail.

kilauea iki trail

Kilauea Iki trail.

Pololu Valley – At the very end of Highway 270 you will reach the Pololū Valley. The northern most valley of the majestic Kohala Mountain. The valley forms a deep cut in the side of Kohala Mountain, and is traversed in its entirety by Pololū stream.

Pololo Valley river.

Pololo Valley river.

Mauna Loa – Mauna Loa, is the largest active volcano in the world and one of five volcanos on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Loa is an active shield volcano with relatively shallow slopes, with a volume estimated at approximately 18,000 cubic miles. A 13.1 mile round trip hike.

Mauna Loa

Mauna Loa at Sunset on the Southside of the park.

Green Sands Beach – Papakōlea Beach is a beach with greenish sand located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district. One of just four green sand beaches known in the World. The hike down is worth the time you spend in this secret location. The hike is about 2.5 miles each way.

Green Sands Beach Big Island hawaii

Green Sands Beach.

Makalawena – Makalawena beach is gorgeous with white silk sand, 2 lava pools and lots of seclusion. The drive and the walk are not for the faint of heart however. Be sure to bring plenty of water. The hike is more about what is at the end of the trail, than the actual hike. The trail is a shoe wrecker, because of the lava rock.

Makalawena trail.

Makalawena trail.

Onomea Bay Trail – This trail is a postcard photographers dream come true. Onomea Bay trail is located 10 minutes north of historic downtown Hilo off of highway 19, near the Hawaii tropical botanical garden.

onomea bay

A look down at the Onomea trail from the lookout at the top of the hill.

That is the list of the best hikes on the big island of Hawaii.

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