Hike, Explore & Protect Kahuku This Fall
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, Hawaiʻi - Free programs offered by Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park introduce the captivating landscape, biodiversity and history of the park's southernmost section to hikers. Here's what's in store for visitors this fall:
People and Land of Kahuku is a two-mile, three-hour expedition through pastures, a quarry, an airstrip and the 1868 lava fields of Kahuku. Rangers will explain how people lived on the vast Kahuku lands, from the earliest Hawaiians through today. Walk in emerging native forest, hear about Kahuku's history of violent earthquakes and eruptions and the residents who survived them, and find out how Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park plans to restore the native ecosystem and protect Kahuku's cultural sites. The guided hike is offered Aug. 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 22, Oct. 14 and Nov. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Drive through the Kahuku gate, which is located on the mauka side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Park and meet at the visitor contact tent, near the ranch buildings. Boots, raingear, long pants plus water and a snack are recommended. No advance registration is required.
Kīpuka ʻAkihi is a challenging 1.5 mile, five-hour adventure to see some of the rare plants and wildlife that inhabit this treasured kīpuka. Participants must be prepared to scramble over fallen trees, lava rock, and slippery, wet terrain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, long pants, sunscreen and a hat. Bring raingear, garden gloves, a day pack, insect repellent, lunch and water. This forest stewardship program provides opportunities to help protect this rainforest by pulling up invasive kāhili ginger and other invasive non-native plants throughout the kīpuka. No advance registration is required. This expedition into Kahuku's isolated refuge of rare plants is offered Aug. 25, Sept. 23, Sept. 29, Oct. 21 and Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drive through the Kahuku gate, which is located on the mauka side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5. Park and meet at the visitor contact tent, near the ranch buildings.
NEW! Lunch with a Ranger. Bring a bag lunch and join Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park rangers for lunch on select dates in Kahuku. Rangers will guide an open discussion over lunch on topics ranging from land management and conservation issues to environmental and cultural history. Check the activities board at the visitor contact tent for the day's topic and location. Lunch with a Ranger happens at noon on Oct. 7 and 20 and Nov. 11 and 18.
Did You Know?
`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.