10 Adventures for Your Next Trip to Hawaii

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The breathtaking islands of Hawaii feature an infinite number of hiking trails and water adventures to embark on.

Editor's note: We understand the growing concern for over-tourism in Hawaii due to the recent rush for a tropical getaway. We hope this list of adventures in Hawaii inspires your future vacation while serving as a reminder to leave no trace, and respect the wild places and local communities that you explore. Head here for tips on traveling responsibly in Hawaii.

Get going on these unforgettable hiking trails in Hawaii in between time spent relaxing on the beach and basking in the warm Hawaiian breeze. The things to do in Hawaii are never-ending and will leave you wanting to island-hop until all these adventures are checked off your list.

Hawai'i (The Big Island)

Hike to 'Akaka Falls, Hawaii

The day hiking trails in Hawaii do not disappoint. The lush surrounding scenery on the way to this free-flowing waterfall will leave you wide-eyed. 

Photo: Holly Singh

Swim at Kehena Black Sand Beach, Hawaii

Right outside of Pahoa, this black sand beach is a gem for all beach-lovers and explorers alike. One of the best things to do in Hawaii is to experience places like you've never seen before and this beach is truly one of a kind. 

Photo: Carter Clark

Backpack Waimanu Valley, Hawaii

Right on the Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, this challenging hike pays off with backdrops of the rugged Hawaiian coastline, waterfalls, and ocean waves. See some of the best views Hawaii has to offer.

Photo: Dustin Gregory

O'ahu, Hawaii

Hike Pu'u Ma'eli'eli Digging Hill, Oahu

This quick and easy Hawaiian hike is great for the whole family. Stunning panoramic views of Kanoehe Bay are guaranteed and on a clear day, you may get the opportunity to see Molokai, Maui, and Lanai off in the distance. 

Photo: Shauna Simons

Hike from Turtle Bay to Kawela Bay, Oahu

Experience some of the bluest waters. This short hike in Hawaii cuts through forest to get to a clearing that opens up onto an incredible beach for solo hikers or families to enjoy and relax on.

Photo: Grant

Hike the Moanalua Middle Ridge Trail 

Hiking in Hawaii offers some of the most rewarding views and natural terrain to set foot on. This hike is a thrilling challenge, but treats you with stellar summit views. It's a long hike with steep drop-offs and is not meant for the faint of heart. Move forward with much caution, but take the time to soak in the surrounding natural beauty Hawaii is most known for. 

Photo: Matt Fischer

Maui, Hawaii

Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku, Maui

This hike in Maui is a must-do. On your way to the 400-foot Waimoku Falls, stop to take in the sight of a mesmerizing giant Banyan tree among lush bamboo forests. 

Photo: Anastasia Matty

Hike through Lao Valley to Kukaemoku, Maui

This hike in Maui is great for all ages and also features jaw-dropping views of "The Needle"- one of Maui's most famous geographical wonders. This short rainforest trail is one of the most popular hikes on the island and is easily accessible. 

Photo: Brian Fulda

Kaua'i, Hawaii

Hike the Iliau Nature Loop, Kauai 

An easy walking trail with huge payoff. This trail boasts native vegetation and breathtaking views of Waimea Canyon in Waimea Canyon State Park. 

Photo: KaRyle Soto

Hike to Waipo'o Falls, Kauai

Insane canyon and waterfall views make this Hawaiian hike well worth it. It's a fairly short and easy trek, but one that will leave you with lasting pictures and stories to tell. 

Photo: Karyna Wilkerson

Cover Photo: Christin Healey

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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