Hikes

Below you will find an extensive list of hiking trails in the State of Hawaii and the most extensive list of Hawaii trails online. The hikes are organized by island and then by general location. Since the Exploration: Hawaii crew resides on Oahu, you will notice that many of the Oahu trails have been completed.

Toward the bottom of the Oahu list is a section that mentions crossover routes that can be used on the Koolau and Waianae Summit Trails. The crossover trails are usually Intermediate-Advanced level hikes and should only be attempted by hikers who are familiar with the unpredictability of Hawaii’s trails. At the end of each island list, you will find a list of waterfall trails for each island. Please review the site disclaimer before participating in any of these hiking trails.

The Exploration: Hawaii crew will be continuously working to keep this page as up-to-date as possible. We will link to official posts as soon as they become available. We will also update the list if we become aware of new trails, re-opened trails, or even refound trails. Our eventual goal is to try and complete all of the hikes posted here.

Note: Trails listed below do not imply right to public access or safe hiking conditions. Before hiking, please review our disclaimer and this post on How to Hike Safely in Hawaii.

Please contact Exploration: Hawaii if you know of a trail that is not listed here.

1 = Listed Hike in Stuart Ball’s The Hikers Guide to Oahu

2 = Na Ala Hele State Maintained Trail

3 = Honolulu Mauka Trail System (All Na Ala Hele Maintained)

4 = Previously Open But Currently Closed Trail

5 = Non-Sanctioned Trail

6 – Hawaii State Park

7 – Listed Hike in Kathy Morey’s Kauai Trails: Walks strolls and treks on the Garden Island

8 – Listed Hike in Kathy Morey’s Hawaii Trails: Walks Strolls and Treks on the Big Island

THE ISLAND OF OAHU

Honolulu

Central Oahu

Windward

North Shore

Leeward

Ko’olau and Leeward Summit Trails

East

Central

North

Leeward

Chase Norton’s Koolau Summit 8 Day Thru Hike Personal Report

Ahnate Lim’s Waianae Mountain Range 3 Day Thru Hike Personal Report

Waterfall Hikes on Oahu

Offshore Hikes on Oahu

THE ISLAND OF HAWAII (THE BIG ISLAND)

North Kohala

  • Pololu Trail 2
  • Muliwai Trail 2

South Kohala

  • Ala Kahakai Trail (Kawaihae-Anaehoomalu) 2
  • Puu Laau Road 2

North Kona

South Kona

Kau

  • Ainapo Trail 2
  • Ainapo Road 2
  • Chain of Craters Road to Halape
  • Footprints Trail 8
  • Puna Kau Trail to Apua Point 8
  • Puna Kau Trail to Keauhou Shelter 8

Puna

  • Hilina Pali Road to Pit Craters 8
  • Hilina Pali Road to Pepeiao Cabin 8
  • Hilina Pali Road to Kaaha Shelter 8
  • Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu to Keauhou 8
  • Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu to Halape 8
  • Napau Crater Trail to Puu Huluhulu 8
  • Napau Crater Trail to Makaopuhi Crater 8
  • Napau Crater Trail to Napau Crater 8
  • Naulu Trail 8
  • Puna Trail 2
  • Sandlewood Trail 8
  • Sulphur Bank Trail 8
  • Sulphor Bank – Sandlewood Loop 8
  • Waldron Ledge Loop 8

South Hilo

  • Hilo Arboretum Trail 8
  • Onomea Trail 2
  • Puu Oo Trail 2
  • Kaumana Trail 2

North Hilo

  • Humuula Trail 2
  • Kaluakauka Trail 2

Hamakua

  • Kalopa State Park – Nature Loop 8
  • Kalopa State Park – Jeep Road 8
  • Mauna Kea
  • Mauna Kea Access Road 2
  • Mauna Kea State Park – Hill 7154 8
  • Mauna Kea Summit Trail 8
  • Mauna Loa Cabin via Observatory Trail 8
  • Mauna Loa Observatory Road 2
  • Mauna Loa Trail to Mauna Loa Cabin 8
  • Mauna Loa Trail to Red Hill Cabin 8
  • Mauna Loa Observatory Trail to North Pit 8
  • Puu Huluhulu Trail 2
  • Waimanu Valley 8
  • Waipio Valley 8

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Trails from the Visitor Center

  • Byron Ledge Trail
  • Crater Rim Trail
  • Halemaumau Trail
  • Sandalwood (Iliahi) Trail
  • Sulphur Banks Trail

Trails from Crater Rim Drive

Trails from the Chain of Craters Road

Trails from Hilina Pali Road

  • Mauna Iki Trail
  • Trail to Pepeiao
  • The Ka Aha Point Trail
  • Trails to Halape and Keaohou

Westside Trails

  • Kipuka Puaulu
  • The Footprints Trail (aka Kau Desert Trail & Mana Iki Western)

Waterfall Hikes on the Big Island

  • Akaka Falls 8
  • Hiilawe Falls
  • Kluahine Falls
  • Kapoloa Falls
  • Nanue Falls
  • Peepee Falls
  • Rainbow Falls 8
  • Umauma Falls
  • Waiale Falls
  • Waiilikahi Falls 8
  • Waiuili Falls

THE ISLAND OF KAUAI

Northeast

  • Hanalei-Okolehao 7
  • Moalepe 7
  • Kuilau Ridge 7
  • Kuilau Ridge – Moalepe Shuttle 7
  • Okolehao 2, 7
  • Powerline Trail to North View 2, 7
  • Powerline Trail to South View 2, 7

East

  • Kuamoo Trail 2
  • Kulilau Trail 2
  • Nounou Mountain Side 7
  • Nounou Mountain Shuttle 7
  • Nounou West Trail 2
  • Nounou East Trail 2
  • Wailua-Forestry Management Road 2

West

  • Awaawaphuhi Trail 7
  • Berry Flat-Discovery Center Loop 7
  • Berry Flat Semiloop 7
  • Canyon Trail 7
  • Cliff and Black Pipe Trails 7
  • Contour Road 2
  • Haeleele Ridge Road 2
  • Halemanu Valey Road to Cliff Trail 7
  • Iliau Nature Loop 2, 7
  • Kaaweiki Ridge Road 2
  • Kaluapuhi Trail to Kalalau Lookout 7
  • Kauhao Ridge Road 2
  • Koaie Canyon Trail 2, 7
  • Kokee Nature Loop 7
  • Kukui Trail 2
  • Kukui Trail to Wiliwili Camp 7
  • Kumuwela-Waininiua Semiloop 7
  • Lapa Ridge Road 2
  • Makaha Road 2
  • Makaha Arboretum Road
  • Milolii Ridge 7
  • Milolii Vista 2
  • Nualolo-Awaawapuhi 7
  • Nualolo 2
  • Nualolo Cliffs 2
  • Papaalai Ridge Road 2
  • Pine Forest Drive 2
  • Polihale Ridge 2
  • Waimea Canyon Trail 2
  • Waimea River 7

Northwest

Alakai Swamp

  • Alakai Swamp Trail 2
  • Kawaikoi Stream Trail 2, 7
  • Kawaikoi-Sugi Grove 7
  • Kohua Ridge Trail 2, 7
  • Mohiki-Camp 10 Road 2
  • Mohihi-Waialae 7
  • Pihea Trail 2, 7
  • Pihea-Alakai 7
  • Pihea Trail from Puu o Kila to Kilohana Lookout 7
  • Poomau Canyon Vista Trail 2

Kee Beach, Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast

Waterfall Hikes on Kauai

The Island of Maui

West Maui

  • David Malo’s Grave
  • D.T. Fleming’s Beach Park to “Dragon’s Teeth”
  • Halekii-Pihana Heiau State Monument
  • Iao Valley State Park: Nature Trail
  • Iao Valley State Park: Overlook
  • Iao Valley State Park: Tableland Trail
  • Iao Valley State Park: Streamside Walk
  • Kanaha Pond
  • Olowalu: Kilea Cone Petroglyphs
  • Waihee Ridge 2
  • Waihee Valley

Central Maui

  • Lahaina-Pali Trail 2

East Maui

  • Boundary Trail
  • Kahakapao Loop Trail 2
  • Kaupo to Haleakala Park Boundary
  • Ke Ala Loa O Maui / Piilani Trail
  • Keanae Arboretum Walk 2
  • King’s Highway (North)
  • King’s Highway (South) to Kainalimu Bay
  • King’s Highway to Kanaio
  • Kula Trail System 2
  • Hoapili Trail 2
  • Makahiku Falls
  • Mamane Trail 2
  • Mokuleia Stair Access 2
  • Ohai Loop Trail and Overlook 2
  • Oheo Gulch Pools (Kuloa Loop)
  • Pipiwai Trail
  • Plum Trail 2
  • Polipoli Trail 2
  • Puaa Kaa
  • Puu Olai
  • Redwood Trail 2
  • Skyline Trail 2
  • Tie Trail 2
  • Ulaino Road
  • Waiakoa Trail 2
  • Waiohuli (Lower) 2
  • Waiohuli (Upper) 2
  • Waiakoa Loop Trail 2
  • Waianapanapa Cave
  • Waihou Spring Tail 2
  • Waimoku Falls
  • Waikamoi Ridge 2

South Maui

  • Plum Trail 2

Haleakala National Park

Waterfall Hikes on Maui

  • Alelele Falls
  • Blue Pool
  • Helele’ike’oha (Blue Angel) Falls
  • Haipua’ena Falls
  • Haipuaena Falls
  • Hanawi Falls (Upper)
  • Honokohau Falls
  • Kukuiul Falls
  • Makahiku Falls
  • Makamaka’ole Falls (Lower)
  • Makamaka’ole Falls (Upper)
  • Makapipi Falls
  • Manaole Falls
  • Nailiilihaele Falls
  • ‘Ohe’o Gulch Falls (7 Sacred Pools)
  • Paihi Falls
  • “Photo-Sized” Falls
  • Pua’a Ka’a Falls
  • Puaaluu Falls
  • Punalau Falls
  • Puohokamoa Falls (Lower)
  • Puohokamoa Falls (Upper)
  • “Spring Fed” Falls
  • Waikani (Three Bears) Falls
  • Waikani Falls (Upper)
  • Twin Falls
  • Wailua Falls
  • Waimoku Falls