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February 16, 2020

Located off the coast of South Maui, Molokini Crater is a popular destination for sightseers, snorkelers, and divers alike. This partially submerged volcanic crater is not only beautiful to look at, but it also creates excellent conditions for snorkeling and diving. Its crescent shape protects swimmers from the ocean waves, allowing them to leisurely enjoy the colorful reef and the unrivaled visibility (sometimes 150 feet!). For experienced diver...

December 30, 2019


Time: 2.5-4 HOURS

Distance: 2.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Rock Scrambling, Narrow Ridges, Shadeless, Closed, Cacti

Sights: Koko Head, Makapu'u, Maui/Lanai/Molokai, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hanauma Bay, Sandy's Beach

What to Bring: Decent Hiking Shoes, Sunscreen, Water (), Long Pants

An alternate way to experience the popular Koko Crater, this hike takes you around the entire rim of this...

December 7, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: <1 HOUR

Distance: 0.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 250 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Short steep climb with loose rock

Sights: The Arch, Halona Blowhole, Cockroach Cove

What to Bring: Closed Toed Shoes

This quick hike gives you a different perspective of the popular tourist destination, Koko Crater. A short, but steep trek from the nearby Halona Blowhole will allow you to see this magnificent natural rock arch, giving you so...

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...

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...

September 3, 2019


Time: 2-3 DAYS

Distance: 20 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Altitude, Shadeless, Some loose rock and uneven footing, Gear weight

Sights: Haleakala, Stargazing

What to Bring: Full backpacking gear, Cold weather gear, 

Located on the island of Maui, this backpacking trip allows you to experience the full extent of the otherworldly Haleakala Crater. Trek through the many phases of this diverse...

September 30, 2017


Time: 5-7 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Uneven Footing, Steep and slippery ascents/descents, Some narrow ridges

Sights: 3 Waterfalls, Ka'au Crater, Honolulu, Diamond Head, Windward Side

What to Bring: Shoes with good grip, Water, Lunch, Sunscreen

With waterfalls, a crater, and ridge hiking, the Ka'au Crater Loop is one of the most diverse and beautiful hikes on all...

May 5, 2017


Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1100 FEET 

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Shadeless, Steep descents with loose and sharp rock, Finding the Rock Bridge

Sights: Hanauma Bay, Koko Head Crater, Rock Bridge, Honolulu

What to Bring: Decent Shoes, Sunscreen, Water

Not to be confused with the Koko Crater Trail(home to the Stairmaster from Hell), this hike begins on the ocean side of the Kalanianaole Highway. It is ofte...

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