Among all the hikes we’ve done together in Hawaii, the Hawaiiloa Ridge trail is Penguin’s favorite. It has mountain and ocean views along the trail that are breathtaking. We also encountered a mostly bright sunny day, which turned out to be precious during our stay in Hawaii.
This is a 3.5 ~ 4 miles, out-and-back hike. One special thing about this trail is that the trailhead is located in an exclusive gated community. Only locals with Hawaii Driver’s License are granted permits to enter. Fortunately we do have it. If you are not a Hawaii resident and don’t want to miss this scenic trail, you better make friends with a local. The upside of the community’s restriction is that hikers can enjoy the nature in peace and quiet, avoiding the busy crowds that present in Hawaii’s most touristy spots.