THE HAWAIIAN ARCHIPELAGO, made up of eight main islands, has around 30,000 acres of state parks on five islands. The Hawaii State Park System includes, hikes, beaches, canyons, viewpoints and many cultural heritage sites showcasing local history and folklore.
1. Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauaʻi
You may recognize the scenery from Jurassic Park, Lost, King Kong or Indiana Jones. This park is home to native plants and animals, waterfalls, beaches, and even ancient Hawaiian agricultural terraces. Hiking the Kalalau Trail is the only way to access the coastline by land because of the sheer cliffs and rugged landscape. The two-mile day hike to Hanakapiʻai Valley is popular, since anyone hiking further must get an overnight camping permit to stay at the campsites along the 11-mile trail.