• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Day Hike - Kīpukapuaulu

Kīpukapuaulu Trailhead
Ranger John at the Kīpukapuaulu Trailhead
NPS Photo


Stroll through an upland mesic forest oasis on this 1 mile long loop trail through a kīpuka, an area of older vegetation surrounded by more recent lava flows from Mauna Loa.

Of interest: Kīpuka, old-growth forest of koa and ʻōhiʻa, birds, insects.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance and hiking time: 1.2 mile (2 km) loop
  • Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: 5 miles.
  • Trail begins at the Kīpukapuaulu parking area on Mauna Loa Road. The trail is a dirt path with a gentle incline.

Restrooms are available nearby at the picnic area.


Hiking Tips (pdf-217KB)


Did You Know?

Green Sea Turtle resting on a beach.

The endangered Honu (Green Sea Turtle) are frequently seen in shallow waters and basking in the sun on beaches. They return to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to lay their nests, over 700 miles away.