2023: Volcanoes in Paradise: Hiking Kauai & the Big Island

Date and Time

Sunday, June 14, 2020 - Saturday, June 27, 2020


Kauai and Hawaii Islands,
Other U.S.,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


Extending 1500 miles across the central Pacific, the Hawaiian Archipelago forms a veritable tropical paradise, isolated from the nearest continent by 2000 miles of sea. Hawaii's spectacular scenery over a wide range of terrain, altitude, and ecosystems, makes its "paradise" appellative especially apt for hikers. Experience this hiking bounty with us on two of the Aloha State's main islands, Kauai and the island of Hawai'i, better known as the Big Island. Kauai Highlights (5 days): * Awa'awapuhi Trail *Maniniholo Dry Cave, Kalalau Trail, and Hanakapi'ai Falls on Na Pali Coast * Nounou Mountain, Wailua Falls, and Ho'opi'i Falls * Waimea Canyon and Waipo'o Falls * Alaka'i Swamp The Big Island Highlights (7 days): * Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park * Lava trees and black-sand beaches * Kilauea, Kilauea Iki, Thurston Lava Tube, Chain of Craters, Halema'uma'u * Mauna Loa, hike near summit * Waipi'o Valley and 'Akaka Falls * Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, and Pu'u Huluhulu * Evening stargazing and dinner at the summit of Mauna Kea Many of the places we will visit are shown in this photo album. In addition, several of our activities will teach us about Hawaiian history and culture, geology, flora, and astronomy. The hikes will all be day hikes (no backpacks), ranging from easy to strenuous. We will hike almost every day from three to seven hours per day. The terrain may be rugged and steep in places. There may be short sections on narrow trails with exposure (steep drop-offs). We will hike at a moderate pace, which will permit time for photos and rest breaks. We will be hiking at a wide range of elevations, from 0 to 13,000 feet, so you may expect to encounter a wide range of temperature and precipitation. You will carry daypacks containing all your clothes, gear, food, and drink for the hike, but not weighing more than 15-20 pounds. Applicants must be experienced hikers who have done multi-day hiking trips and are capable of doing an 11-mile hike at a moderate pace with an elevation change of +2500/-2500 feet in a variety of terrain and weather. Lodging accommodations are for double-occupancy rooms with shower or bath in comfortable, 3-star hotels. All breakfasts will be at hotels or restaurants, lunches will be bag lunches or at eateries, and dinners will be at restaurants. We will use rental vehicles for transportation and participants may be drivers if they pass a driving record check.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $3,900 member / $3,900 non-member
*Includes lodging, all breakfasts and all but two dinners, local transportation, including a flight from Kauai to the Big Island, and fees for planned group events. Does not include air fare.

Related Link(s):

2023 Prospectus
Photo Album

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Wait Listed


Hiking 4-5 Moderate to vigorous


Adults (18+)


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