Are there any good hikes around Kona on the Big Island. I'll be there in the 2nd weekend of Aug. I don't know if I'll have time to hike, but I'll try.
There are only two "No Trespassing" signs that ever turned me back. The first at Pupukea "blah, blah, blah...will be PROSCUTED" (being a pidgin speaker, I understood what was being said). The second was at the top of Koloko Drive, Hualalai, Kona: "No hunting, no hiking, no gathering, no sight-seeing, NO NOTHING." I appreciated the thoroughness and turned back. However, this gate seems to be a good way to get to the top of Hualalai.
A very short trail starts by the City of Refuge. Drop by their office--they have a little pamphlet describing the trail. The only thing I liked was a little cave that leads to the ocean---you can jump in and climb out in a nearby cove, then jump in again.
In response to your hikes around Kona on the Big Island I know of a won- derful short hike to Kealakekua Bay in Kealakekua, Kona.
You're on the main drag in Kona and as soon as you come to Kealakekua town, be on the alert for a road sign reading Napoopoo Road. Turn right, at about a tenth of a mile slow down, look for a white house with a rock wall on the left-hand side of the road, stop, and park. Across the house is a dirt road with an avocado tree at the entrance way. It's a two-mile hike that veers to the left on down to the bay where you will be in for great snorkeling, swimming, and sun fun!
Jarrod, this may be a bit too wussy of a hike for you but give it a shot; you may like it! Also, when you come out of the hike, drive to Manago Hotel in Capt. Cook town (next town over) and order fried opelu and rice for dinner; brok the mout!