Escape Into The Forest On This Easy 2.5-Mile Trail In Hawaii
By Megan Shute|Updated on April 28, 2023(Originally published April 23, 2023)
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
There’s no doubt about it: the Hawaiian Islands are easily one of the greatest hiking destinations in the country – and maybe even the world. With miles and miles of trails that ascend mountains, traverse ridgelines, and lead to breathtaking natural beauty, Hawaii is truly a hiker’s paradise. But not all trails are created equal, and this gem, though lesser-known, is one of our current favorites – especially if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu for a while. Let’s see why Makiki Valley Hawaii is a paradise within a paradise.
Makiki Valley Hawaii is an enchantingly beautiful area. Have you ever embarked on the enchanting Makiki Valley Trail? If so, share your experience with us in the comments. Then, discover another Hawaiian forest hike that showcases another side of Oahu.
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What are some of the best hikes in Hawaii?
There are countless hikes in Hawaii that are worth mentioning. Here are some of the best hikes in Hawaii near you that you may not have heard about yet:
Kuilau Trail, Wailua, HI: This tropical jungle hike offers stunning views of Mount Wai’ale’ale. It is one of the wettest places on the island, but the vibe is pure rainforest and the views are epic. The hike is a little strenuous at times over the 4.5-mile journey mostly because of the mud you'll have to trudge through. Other than that, it is an easy hike.
Kapalua Coastal Trail, Kapalua, HI: Part boardwalk, partly paved trail, this easy-going trek with ocean views is a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Not all hikes in Hawaii need to be death-defying to be enjoyable. If you are looking for a nice stroll, this is the perfect 3.5-mile trail.
Goat With The Flow Hike, Pahoa, HI: Ah, Hawaii, the land of tropical animals, abundant sea life, and goats. Goats? This is one of the most unique hikes in all of Hawaii. Explore old lava flows as you trek this otherworldly landscape with a herd of goats. They will even carry some of your bags if you want them to.
Kilauea Iki Trail, Big Island, HI: Another cool volcano hike is this epic adventure. This volcano in the Volcanoes National Park erupted not that long ago in 1959. On this four-mile loop trail, you'll pass through lush rainforests, steam and sulfur vents, and the solidified lava lake. As you hike over the lava-scared land you can imagine what it must have looked like as it was cooling with vibrant red lava seeping through the cracks.