Day Hike - Kīpukapuaulu
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.
Be aware that concentrated SO2 gasses (sulphur dioxide) and sulphur fumes from Halema‘uma‘u Crater can be dangerous for those with heart or respiratory conditions.
Restrooms (pit toilets) are available nearby at the picnic area.
Kīpukapuaulu Trail Guide (pdf 3.57MB)
Hiking Tips (pdf 217KB)
Last updated: March 29, 2016