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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit
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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

 
Kahuku Unit

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, July 27, August 23, September 13 & September 28, 2014.

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: June 29, July 13, July 26, August 9, August 31, & September 20, 2014.

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 12, 2014 during the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Annual Cultural Festival from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
July 20, August 3 & September 7, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 
Pu‘u o Lokuana

Michael Szoeny

New! 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. This hike is offered during the annual Cultural Festival on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again on Friday, August 15 (Statehood Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 am. 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.
 
New! Kahuku: Born from a Hotspot. Learn about the birth of the islands from the Hawaiian hotspot, and about the past eruptions that impacted Kahuku, which straddles the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. Visitors will be able to identify various pu'u (hills) and other volcanic features, and learn about their formation. Kahuku: Born from a Hotspot will be offered on Sunday, August 17 and Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 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.
 
New! 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 easy 1.7-mile walk on the main road in Kahuku. The Hi'iaka and Pele program is offered on Sunday, September 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 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.

Did You Know?

Hokulea - Kamehameha Schools Archives

Polynesians from distant lands came to the shores of Hawai‘i over a thousand years ago. Sailing on large, double-hulled canoes, they navigated by using the position of the stars, the sun and the moon, by the movement of the waves and by the flight of the birds.