Explore ashore - HIKING

For those who have cleared the mandatory 14-day Hawaii quarantine post-arrival (visitors and Hawaii residents), HIKING IS ONE OF MANY outdoor adventures you can enjoy solo or with your family.

Call to inquire about how to enjoy these healthy, fun outdoor activities for families, couples, singles, or pairs of friends. Many of these can be done on your own, but be sure to first abide the 14-days-inside quarantine orders if you recently arrived. However you choose to experience Hawaii, please do so respectfully of the environment, the culture, yourselves, and each other, which means also closely following the current safer-at-home rules. When you do venture out, do so with care and consideration. We offer guided programs in the following areas (pending group-size confirmation and valid proof of quarantine clearance):


HIKING: Families, solo hikers, or pairs of 2 people can enjoy an invigorating hike on most state and county trails. We can direct and assist you to a range of locations, for hikers of all ages and skill levels, on Oahu and on the Kona side of the Big Island, on four-hour guided experiences including transportation. Group-size limitations and distancing requirements apply. All people hiking who are not part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address must maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from any other hiker.


Oahu hikes

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail (South shore)
2 miles, moderate. Learn more about this hike at this link: "The Makapu‘u Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits)."


Kapa'ele'ele Trail (Windward side)
1.2 miles, easy to moderate. Learn more about this hike at this link: "This trail consists of a 1.2 mile loop on the mountain slope along the western side of Kahana Bay. This trail offers stunning views of Kahana Bay, Huilua Fishpond and passes two important cultural sites related to fishing in the bay, Kapa‘ele‘ele Ko‘a (fishing shrine) and Keaniani Kilo (lookout). Take the time to sit on the park bench along the trail to enjoy the view. Look across the bay for the rock walls of Huilua Fishpond. Built by Hawaiians in the late 1600s, these walls enclose 7 acres of ocean where fish were raised and harvested."


Turtle Bay (North shore)
Range of options and distances, easy. Learn more about this hike at this link: "Turtle Bay Resort's 850 acres of tropical paradise are home to 5 miles of unspoiled and secluded shoreline and 12 miles of trails. Traveling length to length of our Turtle Bay Resort property, between Kawela Bay and Kahuku Point, our natural jogging and walking trails can take up the better part of a full day! Particularly if you pack a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water and snacks and take swim or snorkeling breaks along the way. Many of our trails run close to the sand, while some will take you through lush greenery."


HAWAII ISLAND HIKES

Maka’ula O’oma Tract (Hualalai Volcano above Kona)
1-2.3 miles, easy. Learn more about this hike at this link. "The Honua’ula Forest Reserve protects a large tract of cloud forest at elevations above 3000’ on the slopes of Hualalai volcano uphill from Kona. The Makaula ‘O’oma Tract is a smaller portion of the reserve with a number of trails and old roads that allows hikers to access this lush and beautiful ohi’a and hapu’u tree fern forest. It is very cool and wet at this higher elevation, especially compared to the hot Kona coast."


Pu’u Wa’awa’a (North of Kona, South of Waikoloa)
Up to 8 miles, moderate. Learn more about this hike at this link. "Meaning “many-furrowed hill,” this ancient cinder cone has a view of the Kona Coast, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai. It is over 100,000 years old and is the oldest land feature on Hualalai. It is known as the “jellow mold hill” because it resembles an upside-down mold when viewed from afar due to the erosional furrows on it sides. This preserve contains a wealth of endemic and endangered plants, animals and insects."


Pololu Valley (Northern Kohala coast, past Hawi and Kapaau)
.5 mile, easy to mdoerate, but the area has no services. Learn more about this hike at this link. "Pololū means long spear, and carves a long cleave on the northern side of Kohala Mountain. This magnificent wild valley is at the head of the Kohala Coast, the oldest part of the island with deep valleys and picturesque beaches. Hiking down to the valley floor to access the public beach."