Choosing your hike is best done with some assistance as there are several dangerous hikes where injuries, some fatal, have occurred. Many of these dangerous trails have been closed to the public and have round-the-clock security or police enforcing the ban. It can be a $1,000 fine if hikers are caught on these trails. Because they are closed to the public, maintenance on these trails is halted making them even more treacherous. Such trails are commonly marked with a sign reading ʻKapu’ which loosely translates to ‘forbidden’.
That’s why it’s best to go on a guided hiking tour. Hiking tours can also include bike rides and waterfall swims. Some tours will include a hike with other types of sightseeing as in the case of some circle island tours. And since the tour is led by someone in-the-know, you can have a completely worry-free hike every step of the way of allowing you to fully experience the sights, sounds, and smells native to the Hawaiian islands.