Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit - 1868 lava flow

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Kahuku is a place of dynamic volcanism, rich Hawaiian traditions and a fascinating history of ranching. It is a site of struggle and restoration for many unique plant and animal species of Ka'ū. Share in the wonders of this 116,000 acre unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Kahuku is located on Hwy 11 in Ka‘ū near mile marker 70.5

Kahuku Site Bulletin (pdf-1,394KB)

Kahuku Unit Guided Hikes

People & Land of Kahuku

People & Land of Kahuku Program Location - click image for full panorama view

NPS / Julia Espaniola

People and Land of Kahuku is a moderate two-mile, three-hour guided hike that loops through varied landscapes to explore the human history of Kahuku. Emerging native forests, pastures, lava fields, and other sites hold clues about ways people have lived and worked on the vast Kahuku lands – from the earliest Hawaiians, through generations of ranching families, to the current staff and volunteers of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about the powerful natural forces at work here and how people have adapted to, shaped, and restored this land.

Enter the Kahuku unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area.

Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended.

Dates: July 19, August 1, & August 16, 2015.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Palm Trail

Palm Trail is a moderately difficult 2.6-mile loop traversing scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer. Highlights include relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest and amazing volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures.

Enter the Kahuku unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area.

Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended.

Dates: July 12, August 2, & August 29, 2015.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

‘Ōhiā Lehua

'Ōhi'a Lehua. Learn about the vital role of 'ōhi'a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the 'ōhi'a tree, and the lehua flower. Visitors will be able to identify the many differences of the most prominent native tree in Kahuku on this program, which is an easy, one-mile (or less) walk.

Enter the Kahuku unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area.

Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended.

Dates: July 4, July 18, August 9, & August 22, 2015.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Pu‘u o Lokuana

A Family Begins the Uphill Hike to the Summit of Pu‘u o Lokuana

NPS / Moses Espaniola

Pu'u o Lokuana is a short, moderately difficult 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone, Pu'u o Lokuana. Learn about the formation and various uses of this hill over time and enjoy a breathtaking view of lower Ka'ū.

Enter the Kahuku unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area.

Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection and a snack are recommended.

Dates: July 11, July 26, & August 15, 2015.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

‘ōhi‘a lehua

Hi'iaka & Pele. Discover two fascinating Hawaiian goddesses, sisters Pele and Hi'iaka, and the natural phenomena they represent. Visitors will experience the sisters coming alive through the epic stories depicted in the natural landscape of Kahuku on this moderate one mile walk.

Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area.

Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection and a snack are recommended.

Dates: July 5, July 25, & August 23, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Southwest Rift Zone

Southwest Rift Zone

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The Birth of Kahuku - Join us in exploring the rich geologic history of Kahuku. Traverse the vast 1868 lava flow, see different volcanic features and formations and identify many parts of the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Learn about the Hawaiian hotspot and the creation of Kahuku.

Dates: August 8, & August 30, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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