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.
Restrooms (pit toilets) are available nearby at the picnic area.
Kīpukapuaulu Trail Guide (pdf 6.18MB)