Hawaii is made up of a group of volcanic island that contains a diverse environment with an absolutely unique ecosystem. Hawaii is a beautiful state that brings in thousands of tourists every year. If you want to see all that Hawaii has to offer first hand then slap on a pair of hiking boots and hit the hiking trails in Hawaii. Here are some tips to make the trip safe and fun.
Start with the Right Trail
The hiking trails in Hawaii range from a leisurely stroll to really challenging and which one you choose will depend on your fitness level. Kilauea Park, has lots of trails and is where you should get started. You can also find some really good trails in Kilauea Iki and Mauna Iki. If you want to go through the wilderness to get a better look at local plants and animals look for trails marked by ahu, ahu are natural piles of rock and mark the trails. There are some really easy trails that allow for wheelchairs and strollers and you will find them at Waldron Ledge trail, these are ideal for family outings. Many of the trails are for public use so be prepared to find other hikers, people on mountain bikes and even the occasional horse. Here are the top ten hiking trails for you to check out.
Hiking may seem like a pretty benign activity but it is not without dangers, particularly if you are somewhere new where you don’t know the terrain. Travel with a group or guide who has experience on these trails. Bring with you what you need and not everything you own, it can get hot along the trail and you don’t want to drag unnecessary equipment with you. Be careful on trails the rock in Hawaii can be loose and crumbly and you won’t be the first hiker to break an ankle. Also be cautious when walking on we rock or crossing water along the way. Plan carefully and be aware of things like the weather, when sunset is and any hazards you might meet along the way. Never try returning after dark you could end up lost, stay on the trail and wait for the sun to come up.
If you are concerned about safety there are Park Rangers available from 5am until 5pm and they have information on the various trails and maps you can use to navigate the trails. Should you get lost or run into some trouble there is the Civil Defense Authority which has teams monitoring the trails 24hrs per day. The Civil Defense Authority uses sirens when action needs to be taken, pay attention to this if a siren ring for a full 3 minutes it is time to take action. You can call 911 or listen to your radio to find out what action needs to be taken.
Hawaii is incredibly beautiful from the mountains to the beaches, take your time and find some of the hiking trails while you are here, you will love it.