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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)


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