Nature March 30, 2021
A Nature Lovers Definitive Guide To Hawaii’s Natural Beauty – Parks, Beaches, Hikes And More!
Is it a stretch to say that Hawaii boasts some of the most beautiful nature scenes in the nation? Absolutely not. We may be a small state, but we’re crowded with little known parks, pristine beaches, exotic islands, beautiful trails, quiet lakes, hidden swimming holes, sparkling rivers, scenic mountain peaks, towering waterfalls, unique rock formations, lush wildflower gardens, and mysterious caves. Tourists flock to see the natural wonders hidden within our two national parks: Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Haleakalā National Park. Hawaii’s natural beauty is found in its 50 state parks; in fact, both Nā Pali Coast State Park and Hapuna Beach State Park are considered among the most beautiful places in the world. Read on for more extraordinary examples of Hawaii’s natural beauty:
The Best Little Known Park In Hawaii
Boasting remote beaches, oceanfront campsites, easy hiking trails, panoramic views, tropical forests, and more, Ahupua’a O Kahana State Park (formerly known as Kahana Valley State Park) is one of the best examples of Hawaii's natural beauty -- and one of the state's most amazing hidden gems. Located less than 30 miles from Honolulu on the windward coast of Oahu between Laie and Kaneohe, this state park still feels surprisingly wild. Perhaps that's because it's surrounded on three sides by the towering Ko'olau Mountains.
Doesn't it sound like the perfect oasis to explore next time you venture out into nature?
The Most Beautiful River In Hawaii
There are several gorgeous rivers in Hawaii, but only one beauty that's navigable by boats larger than kayaks: the Wailua River. The Wailua River is Kauai’s largest and longest river, stretching 20 miles through lush rainforest. A float down its lazy stream will take you past such stunning natural wonders and waterfalls as Wailua Falls, Opaeka‘a Falls, Uluwehi Falls, and Fern Grotto. You can take a boat tour of this river or you can drive or hike along its banks.
Have you ever explored this beautiful river?
The Most Pristine Beach In Hawaii
The Most Beautiful Island In Hawaii
Although each one of the Hawaiian Islands is gorgeous, Maui tops them all as the most beautiful island in America. With towering mountains, sacred swimming holes, vibrant sunsets, incredible beaches, and so much more, Maui is truly a nature lover's Garden of Eden! Now that you know about this scenic paradise, there's just one question left to answer:
how soon can you get here?
The Most Jaw Dropping Lake In Hawaii
Lakes are hard to come by in Hawaii, which is fine, since beaches are not. But there is one jaw dropping Hawaiian lake that receives plenty of national recognition because it's the highest lake in America: Lake Waiau. Perched on the top of Hawaii Island’s tallest summit, Mauna Kea, at more than 13,000 feet above sea level, this tiny glacial lake is yet another of the amazing natural wonders hidden away in Hawaii.
Did you even know it was here?
The Best Trail To Hike In Hawaii
There are so many amazing hiking trails that lead to epic destinations in Hawaii that it's nearly impossible to pick a favorite. But among the best hikes on the islands is a trail that leads to a secluded beach only accessible by foot or four-wheel-drive: the famous Papakolea Green Sand Beach. Not only is the only green sand beach in the nation waiting for you at the end of this 2.5 mile trail, but you'll also find yourself at the southernmost point of the United States if you make this trek! If you're keeping track,
that's TWO bucket list worthy items in one epic hike!
The Most Scenic Mountain In Hawaii
One of the natural features that makes Hawaii so beautifully unique is volcanos, and some of the most scenic are those that form the Honolulu Volcanic Series in Oahu's Ko’olau Mountains. The Koko Crater, in particular, is a magnificent example of one of the most scenic mountains in the state, all the way up to the unique botanic garden tucked away inside its crater!
Which of the Ko’olau Mountain peaks do you find the most stunning?
The Most Unique Garden In Hawaii
With its wonderful tropical climate, Hawaii is brimming with beautiful botanic gardens. But perhaps the most unique of all, given that tropical climate, is the International Desert Garden at the Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Garden and Sculpture Park. Featuring dry dessert landscapes from around the world, this garden provides a stunning contrast to the Hawaiian tropics! Of course, there are other unique nature scenes within this park, as well, including even an impressive man-made lagoon.
Which garden do you think would be your favorite if you visited this unique botanic park?