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My husband and I love to go off the beaten path witout tours and go for beautiful hikes like the locals. Can anyone suggest some great hikes without a guide? We are in our mid 30's and both physically fit. We were planning on renting a midsize car - not sure if that will make a difference on accessibility. Thanks...

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1. Re: Hiking

pretty much all of Hawaii is private land except for the national parks and state reserves/parks . the national park has hundreds on miles of trails...... the rangers can provide details

The vast majority of locals here dont go on hikes at all.... iits something only visitors do..... Locals only hike to hunt pigs.

The north kohala forest reserve has trails from pololu valley at the end of hiway 270. Also there are trails up both Mauna kea and Mauna loa starting at 10,000 ft to 14,000......

With the exception of the national parks, none of the trails are maintained. have signs or any facilities.

Hawaii forest and trails is also a source for advice and the only outdoor store on the island, (in Kona)

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There are a great number of good hikes in the HVNP. You'll be able to do the "easiest" hiking there bc the trails are maintained. Bird Park, Kilauea Iki, etc are all nice hikes.

Another great hike is the one down into Pololu Valley, up the ridge, and then back (or on into Honokane Nui). We did this hike and it was my favorite.

Waipio has Z-Trail, but it's a hard hike, especially back up the road out of the valley, and the trail itself is subject to a lot of controversy... private lands and such. Personally I believe it's on state land, but the last time we got into that here we had a 20 page discussion that never really got anywhere. I'd just skip it.

Onomea Bay has Donkey trail hike, though it's short. It's very pretty though. Akaka Falls and the Garden near Onomea also have short trails for walking around (very lush environments).

You could also hike to the Green Sand Beach at South Point... just be prepared for the dust and heat. The beach is a neat treat though.

Makalawena Beach is also a great hike if you can get your car down to Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast State Park). The road gets regraded on occasion, but it can still be rough for a small car. So be careful... if the road is bad, don't go. It's a violation of the contract.

Hope that helps.

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