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7 Big Island Family Hikes

Adrianna hikes with her young son on the big island of Hawaii.

This week's blog post was written by Kids Who Explore CEO Adrianna Skori. Will you be hiking in Hawaii with your family anytime soon? Or looking for possible travel inspiration with kids? Here are 7 Big Island Family Hikes in Hawaii, USA.


7 Big Island Family Hikes

I hiked almost every day on the Big Island with my baby and toddler, and I hope you can find the same family memories along these trails that we did. If you're anything like me, deep healing and nature connection will also be a part of your travels.

We chose trails that my toddler could do some hiking on his own and hike in the pack too. Some parts are steep so be prepared to pack you kids for portions. These 7 trails were very memorable for us.

Hike down the majestic and steep trail to the black sand beach and be in awe of the views of the Hamakua Coastline. It's best to go at sunrise but amazing at all times!

It is even more amazing after a rainstorm. You can soak in the sounds of the jungle and the gorgeous falls.

Adrianna and her young son enjoy a view of Akaka Falls, one of the best Big Island Family Hikes.

We suggest for you to go at sunset and hike above the clouds to see the most incredible views of the Volcano.

We hiked here almost every day to see the sea turtles. The trail network has a few starting points so you can start closer to the harbour where the boats dock. Remember to stay 20 feet from the peaceful, sunbathing turtles and enjoy the tranquility.

Adrianna and her young son enjoy a beach view in , one of the best Big Island Family Hikes.

5. Kilauea Iki Trail and Crater Rim (Counter Clockwise)

You must not forget the Thurston Lava Tube. Visit the Park Ranger station first to get an idea of the viewpoints that you'd like to cover too.

Be prepared for steam vents, rain, humidity, and some intensity.

Get a sun break and explore many tree species along the ocean. You might even find a sea turtle or two.

Adrianna's family poses while they hike along Ala Khaki National Historic Park, one of the best Big Island Family Hikes.

This is a place of refuge. No picnics or play can happen in this sacred space, but it is an awesome toddler-paced hike with some incredible palm trees. You will find a lot of healing energy on this hike.

Adrianna and her young son enjoy a sonny hike at Puuhonua o Honaunau.

Remember to leave no trace, respect all trail signs and sacred lands, and always stay on the trail. Please share with me in the comments if you plan on hiking or have hiked to any of these places! Share with a friend that loves to hike.

Get more of a feel for these hikes on my reel too!

Aloha! Wishing you trail loads of fun with your family.


Thank-you for reading this week's blog post about 7 Family-Friendly Hikes on Big Island, Hawaii. Don't forget to pack your 10 essentials , and tag us in all of your adventures using #KidsWhoExplore and #KWE on Instagram.

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