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Hawaii Hiking Trails
This site is designed to provide quick, organized access to informative Hawaii hiking websites. Private hiking enthusiasts like you have created excellent web pages on Hawaii hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Hawaii -- General This site, titled MikeWentThere.com, sneaks up on you. At first it looks like some sort of vacation slide show...but stick with it...click around a bit, and you'll find some extraordinary content: Photos, maps, descriptions, hidden gems...this is a must-click for the Hawaii hiker. NOTE: Mike's site is temporarily out to lunch, so I've deactivated the link.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Banana Lava Flow Hike on Chain of Craters Road which brings you past active lava to "ocean entry" -- live magma flowing into the Pacific. On the Natural Born Hikers website.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii -- Pu'u 'O'o Lava Flow 4 mile hike located at the end of Chain of Craters Road. This hike is inherently dangerous and is not recommended by the park. But if you want to see the newest land on earth being created before your eyes, this is the trail for you! 8 miles RT. Stunning photos and description on the Natural Born Hikers website.
- Kauai - Kalalau Trail Highway 560 takes you to the trailhead near Haena; Ke'e Beach lies at the end of this road, and it is spectacular. You can cool yourself off here after your hike if you so desire. The trail itself is 11 miles one way to Kalalau Beach. Most people hike to the beach, camp (permit required), then hike back the next day for a total of 22 miles roundtrip. This webpage describes a portion of the hike, 2 miles in to Hanakapi'ai Beach. Excellent photos and fun read, on the Natural Born Hikers site.
- Maui - General site features general information, excellent hike locator map.
- Maui - Pipiwai Trail, Haleakala National Park hike from Kipahulu Ranger Station to the stunning Waimoku Falls. Well written narrative with spectacular photos on the Natural Born Hikers website.
- Oahu - General hikes, descriptions, good intro map to Oahu. Site by the hiking club at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
- Oahu - General this is probably the only site you'll need to plan your attack on the hiking trails on Oahu. Photos, descriptions, directions, ratings, rankings, everything. It's a personal site by Greg Kingsley, and he's done a great job. It's easy to navigate, has detailed maps...lots of information. Perhaps if enough people click on this site, Mr. Kingsley will figure out that he ought to write a book about hiking on Oahu.
- Oahu - General Here's a fantastic, all-encompassing Oahu website by Frank Clouse. Has maps, topo maps, trail maps, flora & fauna guide, links, 3d streaming views, and photos, photos, photos. Way cool. Excellent panoramic views, comprehensive website.
In Captain Cook fashion I can't deny it...
Well OK, I've never actually been to Hawaii, and when I blow the dust out of my wallet, it doesn't move into the "someday soon" category. So I plod along on I-80, enjoying the endless New Jersey winter of ice and sleet, trying to avoid some psychopath at the wheel of a Humvee barking into a cel phone. At home in my closet is one of those fold-out fabric chairs that comes in a bag...only this one is the mother of all pop up chairs...replete with pop-up footrest, drink holders on both armrests, and a nice comfy pillow that velcros to the back. When I put this thing on the beach at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina (the $5 entry fee is a bit less than the Hawaii package) and close my eyes, I have no problem imagining myself in a far more exotic locale. But then again, sitting in this chair at Hunting Island...with palmettos clacking, breeze blowing, and pelicans pelicaning...I really don't need to imagine myself elsewhere.
When I am awake enough to read, I have reviewed a number of books on hiking the various islands. I must say that most of them are useless. Two, however, stand out. The first is
Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty & Harriett Friedman. More than a hiking book, it's an "everything" guide, the hidden stuff some of the pseudo-locals don't even know about. Truth be told it isn't even a hiking book, but you'll do enough hiking just getting to some of the spots they describe, you won't be disappointed. I have yet to review another book that comes close to this one for Maui. One other thing about this book -- they publish updated editions every few years; there are plenty of used copies available. So if you use this link to amazon, you can probably grab a still-fresh 2000 edition for less than five bucks!
Moving to Oahu, I like Stuart Ball's
The Hikers Guide to Oahu. This is really the perfect Oahu book for the slacker...trails that challenge, rather than the goofy nature loop stuff. Good book.
"I wanna spend my summers on the Kona Coast in Hawaii..." If you recognized the "Captain Cook fashion" line above from the Beach Boys' Kona Coast, well, that's some mighty fine trivia; give yourself 7 slackpacker trivia points.
-- Rick Bolger
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