Tired of the Rain? Hawaii’s Best Winter Hikes

Tired of the Rain? Hawaii’s Best Winter Hikes


Meanwhile, in Hawaii, where the temperature clocks in at a brisk 77 degrees, there are a number of gorgeous hikes just waiting for you.

Kauai: Hike to Spectacular Views in Nualolo Valley

This 6.2-mile out-and-back hike leads you through a forest reserve and ends with amazing views from the cliffs of Awa'awapuhi and Nualolo Valley. You will find yourself hiking through clouds and mist in the forest, with the clouds parting near the ocean, giving you spectacular views of the cliffs and the gorgeous Pacific. The hike to the cliffs is all downhill making the return leg much more tiring. Learn more.

Inside Tip: If you want to get on the trail early, consider camping the night at Kokee State Park. You can make a reservation here.

Kauai: Backpack or Hike The Na Pali Coast

This is arguably Hawaii's most famous hiking-based adventure, and for good reason. The Kalalau Trail is breathtaking as it traverses five lush valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach, where it is blocked by sheer, fluted cliffs. The 11-mile trail is graded but almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through deep valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi'ai and Kalalau. The first 2-miles of the trail, from Ha'ena State Park to Hanakapi'ai Beach, make a popular day hike. Learn more.

Inside Tip: Pack light and go early. If you're interested in a longer day hike, you can do the 4-mile hike (8 miles roundtrip) to Hanakapi'ai Falls, which is spectacular.

Maui: Hike Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls

This 4-mile roundtrip hike through a beautiful bamboo forest to a 400ft waterfall is one of the most well-maintained hikes in Hawaii as part of the National Parks System. This trail is scenic throughout and located in southeast Maui, the Pipiwai trail is within Haleakala National Park in the area called Kipahulu. Learn more.

Inside Tip: You can complete this hike in about two hours, but take your time and explore the forest and surrounding areas for a few hours. The views of Makahiku Falls make for killer eye candy.

Oahu: A Stunning Ridge Hike Just Outside Waikiki

This 5-mile out-and-back hike follows a series of switchbacks that zigzag up the ridge line to Kuliouou summit's breathtaking ocean views. Along the way you'll meander through forests, scenic clearings, and finally up a set of steep stairs. The variety of terrain makes it one of our favorite hikes on the south side of Oahu. Learn more.

Inside Tip: The Kuliouou Ridge Trail starts at the end of Kalaau Road. Make sure you look for the specific trail sign as there are two trails in the area. If you follow the paved road you'll end up on the valley trail, not the ridge trail that you want, so take a right at the fork.

Oahu: Hike Koko Head's 1,048 Stairs

This is more of an intense workout than a traditional hike, but the 360 degree views of the island at the top are worth the effort. Located a short drive from Waikiki, this hike ascends 1,200 feet straight up Koko Head and will really get your legs burning. The trail itself is comprised of old railroad ties, a bridge, and a few cool WWII lookouts. It's a unique outdoor workout that we love to do every time we're in town. Learn more.

Inside Tip: The trail can be quite slippery in wet weather, so use caution. Water is also a key take-along item. Once you've conquered Koko Head, be sure to make a quick stop at Diamond Head Market & Grill to really reward yourself!

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