Explore Kahuku October thru December 2015 in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Peoople and Land of Kahuku hike
Visitors enjoy the People & Land of Kahuku hike

NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

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News Release Date: October 9, 2015

Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

Everyone is invited to Find Your Park and participate in the upcoming Kahuku events and guided hikes at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, from October through December 2015. Kahuku is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday of the month, and all events are free. You can explore on your own, or join these upcoming programs:

‘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. The ‘Ōhi‘a Lehua program is offered Oct. 10, Nov. 1, Nov. 21, Dec. 6, and Dec. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) 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. Free. 

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. A guided hike of Palm Trail is offered Oct. 11, Nov. 7, Nov. 22, and Dec. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) 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. Free. 

Birth of Kahuku. Explore the rich geologic history of Kahuku. Traverse the vast 1868 lava flow, see different volcano 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. This guided easy-to-moderate hike is offered Oct. 17, Oct. 31, and Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) 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. Free.

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. The guided hike is offered Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, and Dec. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) 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. Free.

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 Oct. 24, Nov. 8, Nov. 28, Dec. 12 and Dec. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) 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. Free. 

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 Oct. 25, Nov. 14, and Dec. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) 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. Free. 

Kahuku ‘Ohana Day: Ethnobotany. Learn about the many uses of native plants on Sat., Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keiki are invited to join park rangers and participate in a day of fun botanical discovery. Call (808) 985-6019 to sign up by Nov. 6 and be included in a free lunch. Bring water, a re-usable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, long pants and shoes. Sponsored by the park, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, and the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association.

-NPS-



Last updated: October 9, 2015

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