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Top 5 favorite Big Island scenic hiking trails: HAWAII Magazine facebook poll results



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No. 1

KILAUEA IKI TRAIL

Our facebook ohana selected Kilauea Iki as their top pick for a Big Island hike (short or long).  Kilauea volcano, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, is currently ranked among the most active volcanoes on the planet. The park has many trails, ranging from a quick walk through a lava tube to multi-day hikes. Among the most popular with park visitors: Kilauea Iki Trail — a 4-mile loop trail through Kilauea Iki crater, the remains of a massive 1959 eruption. The trail begins off the park’s Crater Rim Drive near the Thurston Lava Tube. Its more than 400-foot descent takes hikers through a variety of scenery—lush fern-filled rainforests, with native birds in the trees, near active steam and sulfur vents and across a long-solidified lava lake. Follow rock cairns across the crater floor. Bring sunscreen as well as rain gear as daily weather can shift from warm and sunny to cool, wet and windy.

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Click on the links below for the Top 5 results from previous HAWAII Magazine facebook ohana poll questions.

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Top 5 favorite Maui swimming beaches

Top 5 favorite Hawaii natural wonders

Top 5 favorite Hawaii towns

Top 5 favorite Hawaii coastline areas

Top 5 favorite filmed-in-Hawaii movies

Top 5 favorite Hawaii snorkeling spots

Top 5 favorite filmed-in-Hawaii TV series ever

Top 5 must-have Hawaii foods (upon arrival in the Islands)

Top 5 Hawaii parks

Top 5 Hawaii music artists

Top 5 favorite places to watch a Hawaii sunset

Top 5 favorite Hawaii scenic lookouts

Top 5 favorite Hawaii valleys

Top 5 favorite Hawaii waterfalls

Top 5 favorite Hawaii plate lunch foods


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Photos: Page 1 - Waipio Valley (top) outlook area (bottom) valley area, Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA); Page 2 - Papakolea Beach, Derek Paiva; Page 3 - Thurston Lava Tube, Michael Szoenyi/National Park Service; Page 4 - Akaka Falls,Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA); Page 5 - Kiluea Iki (top) Michael Szoenyi, (bottom) Jessica Ferracane - both images, National Park Service

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