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Summary

This travel guide offers a detailed itinerary for a solo traveler's 12-day adventure across three Hawaiian islands, highlighting the best hikes, beaches, and scenic drives. From the lush trails of Oahu and Big Island to the breathtaking drives and beaches of Maui, this guide encapsulates the essence of Hawaii's natural beauty and adventure.

🌴 Day 1: Exploring Oahu

The first day in Oahu was filled with natural beauty and island exploration. From the enchanting hike to Manoa Falls to the delightful trolley tour around the island, it was a day of discovery and wonder.

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🌿 Manoa Falls

Embark on a picturesque hike through lush greenery, leading to the breathtaking Manoa Falls. The trail offers a serene escape into nature, with the option to continue on a second trail for further exploration and tranquility.

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Tips

To fully immerse in the tranquility of the falls, consider taking an Uber to the trailhead early in the morning to avoid the crowds and experience the serenity of the surroundings.

🚃 Trolley around Oahu

Embark on a delightful trolley tour around Oahu, offering a cost-effective and comprehensive way to soak in the island's beauty. The leisurely ride provides a panoramic view of the island's diverse landscapes and attractions.

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Tips

Make the most of the hop-on hop-off feature by arriving early to maximize your exploration before the trolleys stop running at 3 pm, ensuring you have ample time to savor the island's charm.

Day 2 - Big Island: Big Island Adventure

The Big Island experience starts with a visit to Waikoloa Petroglyph Field, a hike on Ainahou trail, and ends with a breathtaking sunset at Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Park.

Waikoloa Petroglyph Field

A quick stop at a site with ancient petroglyphs, offering a glimpse into Hawaii's past.

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Tips

Recommended to loop in due to the island's limited highways.

Ainahou trail at Kahala Reserve

A higher intensity hike with beautiful scenery, be cautious of weather conditions.

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Tips

Check weather forecasts for flash flood warnings.

Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Park

End the day with a stunning sunset view, walking out on the rocks as the tide comes in.

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Tips

Arrive before sunset for the best experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +1 808-328-2326
🌐   Website: http://www.nps.gov/puho/index.htm
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2 hours
📍   Address: State Hwy 160, Hōnaunau, HI 96726, United States
🔗   Profiles: Facebook

🌴 Day 3 - Maui Exploration

Maui's day starts with a daring drive on Highway 340 to Punalau Beach, followed by the scenic Highway to Hana and a hike on the Pipiwai Trail.

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🌊 Highway 340

A challenging but rewarding drive offering incredible views. The narrow, winding road takes you through lush landscapes and offers breathtaking coastal vistas.

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Tips

Drive carefully and be aware that many rental companies do not insure this route. It's advisable to start early to avoid heavy traffic and to fully enjoy the stunning scenery.

🚗 Highway to Hana

A beautiful drive with plenty of stops for fresh food and natural beauty. The road to Hana is a picturesque journey with lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic ocean views.

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Tips

Stop at roadside stands to enjoy local produce and interact with friendly vendors. Take your time to explore the various attractions along the way, such as the Garden of Eden Arboretum and the Wailua Falls.

🌲 Pipiwai Trail

A great hike offering views of the 7 pools gulch and leading to the majestic Waimoku Falls. The trail winds through a bamboo forest, past tranquil streams, and culminates in a spectacular waterfall.

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Tips

Check if the 7 pools gulch is open before visiting. Wear sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water for this moderately challenging but incredibly rewarding hike.