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“The one certain hike on the island”
Review of Kilauea Iki Trail

Kilauea Iki Trail
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Owner description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
Reviewed 7 April 2018

The reviews are all correct - this is the one hike to do for sure on the island. If you are coming from Kona it is a long (about 2 hour ) drive, and so we left around 7:30 and I would recommend leaving this early for two reasons. When we got to the trail head there was lots of parking, although we were not even close to the first at the trail. We took two hours to hike the trail going at a moderate pace and taking lots of pictures over the four mile hike. When we arrived back at the parking lot it was full with lots of people circling trying to find a space - so early is better. Also if it is sunny it can get really hot crossing the crater surface, so again early is better. Other than the part going down to and up from the crater, an easy hike with good shoes.

Thank dhallier
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I did this hike with my husband last Saturday and it was awesome! We have hiked many of the trails on Oahu, but have never experienced anything quite like this! The hike is about a 4(ish) miles of terrain which ranges from going downhill, across a flat surface, and then working your way back up hill to complete the loop. It took us about 2 hours to complete, but we took our time taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. There is parking at the top of the loop trail which is free once you're in the actual park. Make sure you bring water, sunscreen, and maybe a hat to protect yourself from getting burnt. They day we went was beautiful, but the weather can change from sunny to rainy in an instant, so a poncho wouldn't hurt either. There is lots more to see and explore in this park, we made a whole day out of it!

Thank haleyk91
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We started at the Kīlauea Iki parking lot and ended at Thurston Lava Tube. I’m glad we did it that direction because we had wind at our backs across the lava lake. A memorable hike, not too difficult although there are a lot of steps down then back up, it’s really moderate difficulty. It rained the whole way, so bring or wear rain gear. No services at all along the way.

Thank susanaquerida
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We hiked straight down fron the Thurston lava tube parking lot rather than fron the Kilauea Iki parking lot. Either way you are hiking down into the crater and back up again so not sure the start makes a difference. It rained on us the whole time but totally worth it to behold such an awesome show of nature and the Goddess Pele. Highly recommend. We have twin 8 year olds and they made the hike with no complaints.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This trail is a good length and provides a chance for a rain forest and crater experience. It involves some ascent but not extreme.

Thank wvlivingston
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