Vacation is a time for relaxation. Now, relaxation is different for everyone: Some people’s idea of taking some time off is sitting on the beach with a cold drink every single day, while others prefer to get out and see the new area they’re staying in. Regardless of what type of vacationer you are, we think you’ll appreciate and enjoy these big island hikes that are fun for everyone in your group. There are so many places to explore near your condo at The Islands at Mauna Lani. Take a short hike, or tackle a long one – we know you’ll love it! Here are a few of our favorites:
Puakō Malama Petroglyph Preserve
This short hike can hardly be called a hike. It is only half a mile long, and meanders through the preserve. You’ll spot Kiawe trees along the way (don’t step on their thorns – they’ll penetrate thick soles).
Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site
Puʻukoholā Heiau translates to “Temple on the Hill of the Whale.” After a short walk (less than half a mile, round-trip), you’ll see a massive temple that was built in the 1790’s. There are some wonderful ruins to see, and you can spot many different historical markers throughout the park.
Located less than an hour away from your accommodations, the Pololū Valley hike is well worth the short drive. At less than three miles round-trip, you’ll see some beautiful scenery. Wear some good shoes and plenty of water. You can also easily pack in some food and towels and spend your day at the stunning beach at the end of the hike.
Maka O Hule Navigation Heiau
The destination of this short, 1.8 mile (roundtrip) hike is ancient. You’ll find a temple of upturned stones (called heiau) that are pointed toward seafaring destinations of old. You’ll follow the shore along the coast, and can enjoy the sea breeze while you walk.
‘Akaka Falls State Park
Located about an hour and half drive from your accommodations, this short .4 mile roundtrip hike will offer you great views of ‘Akaka Falls. This beautiful waterfall is one of a pair, and is surrounded by lush plants and trees. The hike is easy, as it is along a paved trail. Bring along bug repellent, and a rain jacket!
Big Island Hikes: Countless Options for Everyone
There are many more big island hikes to enjoy that we haven’t included. Take some time looking at a map and considering your options. Getting out and seeing the countryside by going on a short walk or hike is a great way to see the island and create lasting memories with your family.