Big Island Hikes
Beaches. Volcanoes. Rainforests. Deserts. Lava Tubes.
The Ultimate Online Guidebook for Big Island Adventure.
225 Miles of Trail...And Counting
No alien land in all the world has any deep, strong charm for me, but Hawaii, no other land could so longingly and beseechingly haunt my sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as Hawaii has done. Other things leave me, but it abides. – Mark Twain
Big Island Adventure
Welcome to the web's #1 source for hiking the Big Island of Hawai'i. This site is the premier online guidebook for the Big Island of Hawai'i. This site is dedicated to human-powered recreation on public lands. We aren't guides and this isn't a guiding service. We don't want to sell you anything, and we especially don't want you to waste your money when you visit the Big Island. Big Island Hikes is intended to encourage people to visit and recereate upon our public lands. It's an information resource for hiking and adventure travel on the Big Island of Hawai'i with a focus on free, wild, untamed, and authentic wilderness experiences. The Big Island of Hawai'i is one of the most remote places in the world, and even the most remote place in the state of Hawai'i. We think that's a good starting point -- the places on this website are the most remote places on the Big Island.
Don't get us wrong: There are plenty of adventures here for novice hikers. We just think that "novice" level adventures don't need to be boring, canned, or expensive. Check out Pololū Valley on the northern Kohala Coast, the Hōnaunau Coast near Kona, Kīlauea Iki in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, or Papakōlea Beach which is a green sand beach.
On the other hand, if you're coming to the Big Island of Hawai'i for adventure travel, we've got you covered. Welcome to the only Big Island Mountaineering Guide on the internet. Climb above 13,000 feet to the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Test your endurance and stamina with one of the most difficult dayhikes around: Waimanu Valley (or backpack out to it). Hike to flowing lava in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Cross a desert created by acid rain and poisonous gas in the National Park, the Kaʻū Desert.
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