The Hoapili Trail through a rocky landscape near La Perouse Bay in South Maui.

Hiking Hoapili Trail in South Maui

Anyone who heads out on the Hoapili Trail will realize right away that this isn’t your average hike. Hot and barren and set in the middle of nowhere, the Hoapili Trail isn’t as much about hiking as it is about taking a literal step back in time.

Flowers grow along a path with the verdant hills of Manoa Valley visible.

Honolulu Hiking and Birding

Honolulu bird-watching is specifically tied to hiking, as the best spots to sight forest birds are along the many trails. Each location here has half a dozen route or more, usually easily combined for a longer hike and customizable by terrain, so you can have as easy or as difficult a hike as you’d like.

Cattle graze in upcountry Maui at PoliPoli State Recreation Area.

Hiking Maui: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

Polipoli is an out-of-the-way, rarely visited destination offering some of the best hiking on Maui. Trails vary from short out-and-back hikes, to long moderate loops and more strenuous hikes, and altitudes vary from trail to trail as well. Use this summary of the area and map to plan your best hike.

You can hike to Ka‘ena Point, the western tip of the island, from the North Shore.

North Shore O‘ahu Hiking, Biking and Bird-Watching

O‘ahu’s north shore has three trails with excellent views that range from moderate to intermediate based on conditions and difficulty, and biking is similar. Bird-watchers aren’t left out with a dedicated 164 acres of prime territory with guided tours available.

The Kuilau Trail snakes around a ridge in verdant Kauai.

Hiking Trails Around Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i

Hiking trails around Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i offer a pleasant range of difficulty and some truly worth-the-hike sights; one aptly-named trail rewards you with a refreshing dip in a bubbling waterfall pool. If you haven’t come equipped for a more challenging hike or would like a guide on the trails, there are a few outfitters able to meet your needs.

A tall narrow waterfall cascades down through the bamboo forest in Maui.

Best Hikes of the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii’s majestic mountains and forests hold verdant treasures that can only be seen by foot. There are a rich diversity of trails, from shaded valleys leading to waterfalls to ridges overlooking coastline and valleys with views of neighbor islands.