As you can imagine, with an island as big as Hawai‘i Island, there are a few hiking trails to explore.
The Makaula-‘O‘oma trails traverses the Honua‘ula Forest Reserve, offering the chance to hike through a lush ‘ōhi‘a and hāpu‘u tree fern forest. This easy/moderate 4.3- mile (one way) trail is located on the slopes of Hualālai, above Kona; go to hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails for details and updates.
The Ala Kahakai Trail, follows the coastline over ancient fishermen’s trails that date back to the time of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The trail passes along the Puakō petroglyph field as well as the King’s Highway.
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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is a popular hiking destination, and has partially reopened. The park’s Kahuku Unit is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located an hour south of the main entrance on Highway 11, near mile marker 70.5 in Ka‘ū. Here, you’ll fi nd orientation talks that provide a general overview of the park and volcanic activity updates and scheduled hikes (check nps.gov for dates). Call 808-985- 6000 for updated information.