Let’s hike around the Big Island of Hawaii


Planning a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and want to do some hiking? You’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the places you can hike here on the Big Island of Hawaii. You can hike to beaches, valleys, waterfalls, and so much more.

Looking for places to hike on the Big Island of Hawaii? Here are some of the great places we've found for hiking around this beautiful island.

Hike the Big Island of Hawaii

Shipman Beach

A great Puna hike to a beautiful Shipman Beach. This Nā Ala Hele trail travels a portion of the historic Alanui Aupuni (Old Government Road) from the 1800s.

Hiking to Shipman Beach is approximately a four-mile hike (each way) to the beach. The hike its self is easy enough that a four-year-old can do it, however, you need to be prepared. It is uneven terrain, various grounds to walk on, muddy if it has recently rained, and in some parts, you are in direct sunlight with no shade.

Lava Flow

Being able to hike to the End of the Road to see the lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii is something you just don't want to miss. It's a must see!

Hiking to the Lava Flow in Kalapana is a relatively easy hike to get to these days. You can walk down the emergency road, which is a gravel road. However, it is still about 4-mile each way.  Make sure you have plenty of water and plan your trip accordingly based on the time of day you go. If you head out early or plan to return in the evening, make sure you have a flashlight. Although most of the hike is on the gravel road, you can venture off onto the old lava flow and find breakouts like in the above picture as well as make your way to the ocean and see the flow hitting the water.

Papakolea (Green Sand Beach)

Green Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawai'i

To make it to Papakolea Beach AKA Green Sand Beach, you will either need to make a 3-mile hike along the coastline to reach the beach and then 3-miles back. There is a lot to see during this hike, but be sure to bring a lot of water with you, it can get very hot.

Pololu Valley

Driving the Kohala Coat area to the very end of Highway 270 you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable view from the Pololu Valley Overlook.

If you can make the hike down to the bottom of Pololu Valley, you will want to ensure you are prepared.  It is NOT an easy hike, and you will want to have a lot of water with you.  Be warned, there are no facilities in the area, and you will need lots of water.

As we journey through the Big Island of Hawaii and find more great places to hike, I’ll be updating this post.

If you know of a good hike to do on the Big Island of Hawaii, please comment below to let me know about it.

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