Kīpukapuaulu Virtual Hike
Kīpukapuaulu is a hot spot of biological diversity, with more native tree species per acre than any other forest in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The essense of this treasured habitat is captured in its name: kīpuka (island of ancient vegetation surrounded by a sea of younger lava flows), pua (flower), and ulu (growing) - a fertile oasis of flourishing plants.
Follow the trail stops on the map and read about each stop in the trail guide. Most stops have an interactive 360 degree panoramic view that you can visit by clicking the highlighted stop # below.
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Did You Know?
Only two butterflies found in Hawai`i are native. The Kamehameha Butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is Hawai`i's state insect, brightly colored, and larger than the Blackburn's blue (Udara blackburni).