People of all skill levels can enjoy hiking in Kona, which runs along the western coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kona is well known for its delectable coffee, but it also possesses scenic hiking trails. Visitors and residents of Kona can both participate on planned hiking excursions with the groups such as the Kona Hiking Club. People who prefer to hike on their own can explore the variety of picturesque hiking trails Kona has to offer. Just remember to use common sense and bring extra supplies with you if you are trekking out on your own while hiking in Kona.
Hike with the Kona Hiking Club, which plans many hikes throughout the year at set times, dates and locations. Remember to bring water, sun block, food, protective shoes and clothing and a first aid kit before when planning to meet up with the Kona Hiking Club.
Hiking in the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park is another way you can explore Kona on foot. Take a hike down the 1871 trail in Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, which is of interest for those who like to view traditional Hawaiian sites such as heiau (platform temples), which pre-date the arrival of Europeans to the islands. Make sure to bring enough cash, as admission to the park is two dollars per person.
Go for a hike on Captain Cook Monument Trail, which ends at the monument commemorating to the location where Cook was slain by the Hawaiians who felt he had over stayed his welcome. Visiting this monument is of interest of anyone who enjoys eighteenth century naval and Hawaiian history, and the view and swimming at Kealakekua Bay is worth the trek. Hiking this trail will take you on a 1,375-foot plunge to the monument below and a precipitous climb back to the top. This is a rugged trail, so be careful hiking down and back up.
Hiking in Kona can be an adventure in itself, so make sure to explore this part of the Big Island at your own pace. Pick up a bag of Kona coffee to enjoy after your hike, which is a great reward for a day of moderate to rugged exertion. Mahalo and have fun!