Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island Guide Book

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii The Big Island  by Suzanne Swedo

trail descriptions and detailed maps
ISBN: 0762743492

Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: The Big Island includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for 18 easy-to-follow hikes on the Hawaiian island, which is home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Discover a landscape of diverse scenery and natural splendors -- including Rainbow Falls, Onomea Bay, Tropical Botanical Garden, Thurston Lava Tube, Sulphur Bank Trail, Pu'uloa Petroglyphs.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 18 of 18.
... Preview: This easy stroll along a paved, winding path takes you through a garden of showy tropical blossoms, bamboo groves, and along a pretty stream to an overlook of spectacular ’Akaka Falls, over 440 feet h ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Honomu, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: This is a chance to see how quickly life returns to a devastated landscape after a volcanic eruption. You’ll see some interesting plants and animals along the way too, but the big reward comes at the ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Volcano, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
... Preview: This short, steep, and sometimes slippery hike takes you down to a perfect picnic spot on a grassy point extending out into Onomea Bay. The route follows the southern bank of Onomea Stream through dee ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Papaikou, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: A wondrous array of beautiful growing things from all over the tropical world is packed onto a single hillside above a bay. One of the few hikes in this book in a commercial (though nonprofit) tourist ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Papaikou, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Kalopa Native Forest State Park is a hidden treasure. Its native forest is a tiny patch of the real Hawai’i that has not been trampled by cattle, plowed under for sugarcane, or bulldozed for developme ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Honokaa, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
... Preview: This one is for the birds. A kipuka is an island of vegetation in a sea of lava. When an eruption poured lava down this hillside 400 years ago, it missed this section of forest, so the plant and anima ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Volcano, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: This prime real estate on Hilo Bay is safe from urban sprawl and available for you to enjoy on foot because it is vulnerable to tsunamis, the last of which struck in 1960. In 1946, when much of the to ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Hilo, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: The Manuka Natural Area Reserve, on the southern slope of Mauna Loa, protects one of the least disturbed sections of original native forests on the island. The site was last buried by lava more than 2 ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Ocean View, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Onomea Bay used to be an important port for ships bringing supplies to a sugar mill above the bay, but was abandoned with the coming of the railroad. The bay and the former fishing village above it we ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Papaikou, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
... Preview: This hike is off the beaten path, known mostly to locals. It winds through a beautiful, dark and quiet tree fern forest on the slopes of extinct Hualalai Volcano. This is cloud forest; be prepared to ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Holualoa, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: A stroll through this beautifully maintained and partly reconstructed site of Hawaiian life before European contact can’t exactly be called a hike, but no visitor to the Big Island should miss it. T ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Honaunau, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: This heiau (temple or sacred place) was built by King Kamehameha the Great. He was instructed by the prophet Kapouhaki to build it on Pu’ukohola (Whale Hill) in 1790 and dedicate it to the war god Ku, ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Waimea, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
... Preview: The early Hawaiians left incised geometric designs and stylized human figures in the lava in groupings scattered all over the islands. The drawings are surely religious, but their exact meanings are u ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Pahoa, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
... Preview: You won’t want to miss this exquisite waterfall and pool, but unless you get here before 9:00 a.m. or around the dinner, you will have to share the falls with a steady stream of sightseers and tour bu ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Hilo, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
... Preview: There isn’t a lot of sandalwood left here, but there is a wonderful variety of lacy ferns, a very good chance to get a look at some native Hawaiian birds, and opportunities to peek right down into som ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Volcano, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
... Preview: Stroll through an eerie, evil-smelling landscape of barren boulders, where minerals from steaming volcanic vents have deposited exquisite yellow crystals among the nooks and crannies. Even in a place ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Volcano, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
... Preview: This is a very popular (and safe) way to explore a potentially dangerous volcanic phenomenon. A lava tube forms when hot liquid rock flows at just the right rate of speed beneath the surface to allow ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Volcano, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: This hike is inside a privately owned garden, but it is the only way you can view this spectacular series of waterfalls. The route passes through gorgeous tropical plantings and tops out at a view of ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island"
Honomu, HI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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