All it takes is some energy, love for nature, excitement for landscapes, and a pair of good walking shoes to go on a hike. If you are in Hawaii, hiking is definitely a must-do to discover the very own nature of the islands. Here is a list of the top 5 hikes in Hawaii! We listed the challenging hikes as well as the easy ones, so pick up one of the trails that fit you best and start your adventure!
1. The Olomana Trail in Oahu
If you are not afraid of heights and challenging hikes, the Olomana Hike is the ideal trail for you! This hike can be relatively difficult for you if your body is not prepped, but all the three peaks in this trail are worth the sweat. The first peak is only 1.5 miles to the start of the hike, so you will have an amazing view rightaway when you start the hike. You might have to climb up some rock walls, so make sure you have the right shoes. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Oahu!
2. Diamond Head Summit Trail in Oahu
Built in 1908 for the Oahu coastal defense system, the Diamond Head Summit Trail is now one of the most preferred Oahu hikes. It is about 1.6 miles (2.6 km), and it is a bit easier than the Olomana Trail. It is a round-trip hike, starting from the Diamond Head volcano crater. The good news is that you can arrive to the first lookout in about 15 minute! The last entrance is at 4:30 pm, so make sure you make it to the trail in the first half of the day. Ps: There is no place to buy water at this trail, so make sure you bring your own.
3. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail in Oahu
If you are looking for an easy hike for a view of the eastern shore, you should definitely make it to the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail. Some even say that they have seen the humpback whales’ migration during May. Even if you don’t get to see the whales, the amazing views of Waimanalo Beach and the Olomana peak’s will take your breadth away. The only downside is that it can get quite hot, so make sure you have your water bottle with you.
Note: The key for a happy hike is drinking lots of water. It can get especially hot in Hawaii, so make sure that you are hydrated. If you fail to drink enough, you might end up with a terrible headache. Pick up the right shoes, and let Hawaii astonish you as you are walking!