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November 12, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: ~1 HOUR

Distance: 2.2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless 

Sights: Pu'u Pua'i Cinder Cone, Mauna Loa/Kea, Halema'uma'u Crater, Kilauea Caldera

What to Bring: Sunscreen

Located in Volcanoes National Park, these short trails give you a glimpse of the powerful effects of a volcano, both past and present. The Devastation Trail takes you through the remnants of the massive 1959 eruption, where falling cinder blankete...

November 11, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Shadeless Crater, Some uneven footing, Hot steam and rocks, Limited Parking at main trailhead

Sights: Kilauea Iki Crater, Mauna Loa, Kilauea Caldera, Steam Vents

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Water (>1L), Hiking Shoes

One of the most popular day hikes in Volcanoes National Park (VNP), Kilauea Iki takes you through a lush rainforest and a volcanic crater, all in one short...

May 27, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 1-2 DAYS

Distance: 18+ MILES

Elevation Gain: 7000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Numerous River Crossings

Sights: Waimanu Valley, Waipi'o Valley, Wai'ilikahi Falls, 

What to Bring: Full Backpacking Gear

This long hike, located on the North Shore of the Big Island is best experienced as a multi-day backpacking excursion-- the beauty of this Valley is just too incredible to experience in one day. Getting to this val...

May 25, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS (Hiking time)

Distance: 3.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1300 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, All Uphill Return, Carrying Dive Gear

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Hiking Shoes, Sunscreen, Snack, Swimsuit, Towel, Snorkel Gear

Sights: Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Fishies, Spinner Dolphins

A hike with some historical significance, this trail takes you from up on the Big Island's southwestern cliffs down to sea level to...

September 4, 2017

Difficulty: ADVANCED

Time: 7+ HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 4500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Altitude Sickness, Endurance Challenge, Possible Freezing Temperatures

Sights: Mauna Loa, Lake Waiau, Observatory, Mauna Kea Summit

What to Bring: Good Hiking Shoes, Lots of Water, Lunch, Cold Weather Gear, Sunscreen, Aspirin

The tallest peak in all of Hawaii and the tallest sea mountain in the world, hiking to the summit of Mauna Kea is no easy task. You start at the...

September 3, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: NEGLIGIBLE

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Sharp Rock, Shadeless, Powerful Waves Near Rocks

Sights: Lava Fields, Tidepools, Rock Bridges, Mauna Kea

What to Bring: Water, Sunscreen, Snack, Sturdy Shoes, Swimsuit

This out and back near Kailua-Kona, Hawaii is a beautiful hike that takes place entirely along the coast.You start at Kiholo Bay and head south where you will traverse lava rock, black sand...

September 3, 2017

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 650 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Hot and humid

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Swimsuit

Sights: Sea Cliffs, Black Sand Beach, Pololu Valley, Honokane Nui Valley Lookout

A popular hike located in the northern part of the Big Island, this trail is absolutely stunning. It starts with a downhill descent right along the coast with amazing views of a black sand beach and massive sea cliffs. Once y...

September 2, 2017

A unique night dive on the Big Island, the Blackwater Dive is not for those who fear the dark... or the unknown. However, if you choose to take the plunge, you will get an experience most can only dream (or nightmare?) of.

I first heard about the Blackwater Dive during my previous trip to the Big Island when I did the Manta Ray Night Dive with Big Island Divers. One of the dive masters could not stop talking about how much he loved this dive. He said he'd done the dive c...

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