Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit - 1868 lava flow

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March 4, 2016 - Temporary Closure of the Kahuku Unit Upper Paddocks: The Kahuku road and upper paddocks are temporarily closed to the public at the cross gate due to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD). Ten trees have been confirmed to be infected with ROD in the lower paddocks below the cross gate. Currently ROD has not been found in the upper paddocks. The closure is necessary to prevent the spread of ROD to the upper paddocks. The Forested Pit Crater trail and Kona trail are not accessible.
 
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 Unit Guided Hikes
 
For more information about Kahuku programs call 808-929-8075 or email.
 
 
People & Land of Kahuku
People & Land of Kahuku Program Location

NPS / Julia Espaniola

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: October 26, November 20, & December 18, 2016
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: October 23, November 27, & December 11, 2016
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: September 25, October 9, November 13, & November 26, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 
Pu‘u o Lokuana
A Family Begins the Uphill Hike to the Summit of Pu‘u o Lokuana

NPS / Moses Espaniola

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.

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: October 2, November 6, & December 4, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 
‘ōhi‘a lehua

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 moderate one mile 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: October 22, November 19, & December 24, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 
Southwest Rift Zone
Southwest Rift Zone

NPS Photo

The Birth of Kahuku - Join us in exploring the rich geologic history of Kahuku. Traverse the vast 1868 lava flow, see different volcanic 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.

Dates: October 29, & December 17, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 
Realms of Kahuku

Realms and Divisions of Kahuku is a moderately-difficult two-mile, two-hour guided hike on Kahuku Unit's newest trail, Pu'u Kahuku. Experience the sense of place that evolves through the inter-relationship of nature and culture. Explore the realms and divisions of the traditional Hawaiian classification system at Kahuku. 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: October 30, & November 12, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 
Mauna Loa SW Rift Zone

Mauna Loa Southwest Rift

Take a short hike to an overlook located on the Upper Palm Trail. From the overlook, visitors will be oriented to the numerous prominent geologic features of the eruptions of the Southwest Rift Zone. Learn about the fascinating natural processes that create these features and the cultural traditions associated with them. Pack a lunch to enjoy during the program.

Dates: September 24, October 1, November 5, & December 3, 2016
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm

 
Pu‘u o Lokuana
Inspiration Hike – Artists in the Park at Kahuku. Come appreciate the beauty of Kahuku and learn how nature can inspire you to connect with your own creativity. Local artists show you how to witness nature's handiwork and see the magic within the landscape. This program requires advance registration and is limited to 15 people. It is an interactive moderately easy 1.5-mile hike and program that lasts three hours. The Inspiration Hike is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 10 but the deadline to register is Dec. 6. Email jessica_villegas@nps.gov to register. 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.

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

Phone:

(808) 985-6000
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