The Best Photography in Hawaii

Looking for the best photography in Hawaii? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Hawaii. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Hawaii

  • Kailua, Hawaii

    Lanikai Pillboxes

    4.9
    1.76 mi / 686 ft gain
    The Lanikai Pillbox Trail, also known as the Kaiwa Ridge Trail, is a family-friendly hike. The beginning of the trail is steep with loose gravel, but gets more manageable as you climb the trail. The hike is ~1.25 miles one-way and is an out-and-back trail with a 500ft elevation gain. If you’re an...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Hike the Moanalua Middle Ridge Trail to the Haiku Stairs Peak

    4.0
    10.4 mi / 2585 ft gain
    The ‘back way’ to the ever popular and still somewhat illegal Haiku Stairs, the Moanalua Middle Ridge hike brings plenty of beauty and even more challenges than the path down the Haiku Stairs. To get to the trailhead, park outside the Moanalua Valley Park and the trail begins just after the green...
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  • Maui County, Hawaii

    Hike & Swim Twin Falls, Maui

    3.5
    1 mi
    The parking area for the trail is right off of Hana Hwy. The lot may be packed which isn't surprising as a lot of people visit, but there aren't as many people once you start exploring the falls. From the lot, you will see a food stand beside the start of the trail which a great place to get some...
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  • Kaaawa, Hawaii

    Crouching Lion Trail

    4.4
    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    NOTE: as of April 2021, this trail is closed indefinitely. Please do not attempt to hike on closed trails.  This trail is not for the faint of heart or those easily scared of heights. The crouching lion trail is a 4 mile loop with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. The elevation gains and losses a...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Manoa Falls

    3.6
    2 mi / 100 ft gain
    Located in close proximity to Honolulu, the 150-foot Mānoa Falls is accessible from the nearest road by a hike of approximately 1 mile (one way). The hike passes through a diverse array of ecosystems and feels like a true jungle, which makes it a great photo-zone. The path to the waterfall is oft...
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  • Kailua, Hawaii

    Hike the Olomana Trail

    4.9
    6 mi / 750 ft gain
    Named Three Peaks for obvious reasons, this spine-tingling trail allows you to hike as far as you want (picture above is the view from the 3rd peak). Don't feel comfortable about continuing? You can turn around any time. (Just remember that there's no easy exit - you have to go back the way you c...
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Backpack the Na Pali Coast via the Kalalau Trail

    4.9
    22 mi / 900 ft gain
    NOTE: The Na Pali Coast is currently closed indefinitely due to flooding This hike begins at the parking lot of Ke'e Beach at the Northern most point you can drive to on the island. This is where the Kalalau Trail begins. From there, you immediately start hiking upward, with great views of the...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Explore Waipi'o Valley

    5.0
    3 mi
    From the parking area, walk down the narrow, crazy steep four-wheel drive road for 0.75 mile until the road levels. A few 4WD vehicles, either foolhardy (tourist) or knowledgable (local) may be inching up and down. Head to the right toward the beach for 0.45 mile and arrive on the black sand beac...
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  • Kula, Hawaii

    Explore Haleakala's Summit

    5.0
    Head to Haleakala's summit for amazing views of the island and your choice of a stunning sunrise or sunset. Keep in mind that you are 10,000 feet up once you're at the summit, so be prepared with warmer layers. If you're planning to get there early for the sunrise, make sure to bring a little foo...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Hike to Lulumahu Falls

    4.4
    2.3 mi / 900 ft gain
    Park off the Old Pali Highway before the lookout in the dirt parking lot. There is an entry along the fence that will go through. The first part of the hike takes you through a bamboo forest. Most of the time it will be muddy, so be prepared to get dirty. This will lead you to an open grassy val...
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  • Haleiwa, Hawaii

    Waimea Bay

    4.8
    If you're looking to get away from the summer crowds of Waikiki, you should consider heading to the North Shore, especially in the summer. Although this season is considered the off-season on this side of the island, it simply means the North Shore transforms into a gentle, family-friendly 7-mile...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to the Base of Wailua Falls

    4.8
    1.5 mi / 150 ft gain
    The short, makeshift hike to the falls is well worth the effort – this is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island of Kauai.Look for a small path at the south end of the parking lot. You will have to hop over a cement barrier that is about chest high (there is no sign marking this area ...
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  • Kailua, Hawaii

    Lanikai Beach

    4.4
    During the weekdays the beach is relatively empty, but on weekends during peak tourist season it can become extremely crowded. Lanikai is a popular spot for photo shoots as renowned models and photographers frequent the place on nice days. Due to its position on the east side of the island, Lanik...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Hike the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail

    4.4
    2.5 mi / 708 ft gain
    If you're looking to get moving and get your heart rate up or want a place to snap great photos, start with hiking to Makapu’u Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1909 on a 600-ft cliff, which overlooks Makapu’u beach. The hike is more of an uphill walk and can be done in sandals unless you’...
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  • Hanalei, Hawaii

    Relax at Tunnels Beach, Kauai

    4.9
    Makua, aka Tunnels, is known for its incredible mountain scenery. This beach also offers great snorkeling, where people will usually see turtles. Public parking, bathrooms and showers are available at Haena Beach Park located west of Tunnels. Be sure to head to the beach early, parking on the tow...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail

    4.7
    4.54 mi / 1765 ft gain
    The view from the Kuliouou summit is one of the most rewarding on the island and well worth your time. This diverse hike is somewhere between a beginner and intermediate level and takes 2-4 hours, depending on your pace. The trail is well maintained and very popular on the weekend. Start early to...
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