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    Hawai'i Volcanoes

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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?

`iliahi is the Hawaiian name for sandalwood.

During the 1800's, vast quantities of fragrant sandalwood were the first major export of the Hawaiian Islands. The trade nearly caused the extinction of `iliahi or sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum).