• 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
 

Kīpukapuaulu

This 1.2 mile (1.9km) loop trail reveals a story of struggle and survival for some of Hawai‘i's rarest plants and animals.

This walk will take you through a "Kīpuka", an area of older vegetation surrounded by a more recent lava flow from Mauna Loa.

Of interest: A unique biological diversity of rare plants, birds, insects, very old-growth forest of koa and ōhi‘a trees.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance and hiking time: 1.2 mile (1.9km) loop, 1.0 - 1.5 hours.
  • Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: Approximately 5.0 miles (8.0km). South on Highway 11, turn right on Mauna Loa Road and travel 1.5 miles (2.4km) to the Kīpukapuaulu parking area.
  • Trail begins at the Kīpukapuaulu parking area. The trail is a dirt path with gentle inclines and declines. Note: dogs, horses and bicycles are prohibited on this trail.
  • Bring: Water, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Be prepared for sometimes hot, wet or windy weather conditions.

Be aware that concentrated SO2 gasses (sulphur dioxide) and sulphur fumes from Halema‘uma‘u Crater can be dangerous for those with heart or respiratory conditions.

Restrooms (pit toilets) are available nearby at the picnic area.

 
 
 

Hiking Tips (pdf 217KB)

 

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