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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Kahuku Orientation Talk

Friday & Saturday - 10:30 & 1:00.

20 to 30 minutes talks will include general overview of the park and volcanic activity update. Topics and subject matter will vary depending on interests and will highlight the natural, cultural, and historic attributes of Kahuku.
 

Coffee Talk at Kahuku

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana ‘Ole, The Citizen Prince

Coffee Talk at Kahuku is an opportunity to get to know your Park and your neighbors, and join an informal conversation on a wide variety of topics.
 
The new Junior Ranger badge and program debuts at the Kahuku Unit on Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 20, 2019!
The new Junior Ranger badge and program debuts at the Kahuku Unit on Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 20, 2019!

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Junior Ranger Day at Kahuku. The Kahuku Unit will debut its new Junior Ranger Program and wooden junior ranger badge! Keiki who complete the junior ranger handbook (illustrated by Hawai‘i artists) will earn the badge, a junior ranger certificate, and will be sworn in as a National Park Service junior ranger. Free!
When: Sat., April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Kahuku Unit
 


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. Google Map

New hours effective August 15, 2018: The Kahuku Unit is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
 
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Kahuku Unit Guided Hikes


Select hikes that focus on history, culture and natural resources of Kahuku will be offered every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through March 2019.

Attendees should be prepared for sun, rain, hot & cold conditions. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water.

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.

Featured hikes below are planned to resume in April, 2019.

 
Palm Trail in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Palm Trail in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

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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: Coming soon
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 
Ranger Noah Gomes explains the important of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native forests
Ranger Noah Gomes explains the importance of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native forests

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'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: Coming soon
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 
Visitors leap at a chance to explore Pu‘u o Lokuana
Visitors leap at a chance to explore Pu‘u o Lokuana

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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: Coming soon
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 
Southwest Rift Zone
Southwest Rift Zone

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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: Coming soon
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 
Ranger Wendy leads the Nature and Culture hike
Ranger Wendy leads the Nature and Culture hike

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Nature and Culture: An Unseverable relationship (He Pilina Wehena ‘Ole)

Hike the Palm Trail and be inspired by a place where hulihia (catastrophic change) and kulia (restoration) can be observed as the land transitions from the 1868 lava flow with its pioneer plants to deeper soil with more diverse and older flora. Learn about native plants that play a vital role in Hawaiian culture. This moderate hike is approximately 2 miles and takes about 2 hours.

Dates: Coming soon
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 
People hiking at Kahuku
Hiking at Kahuku

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Paths and Trails - Travel along a trail with some of the most spectacular overlooks in Kahuku and discover along your journey all the ways in which people, animals, and plants got to Kahuku and the paths they followed to get to this unique place. This is a two mile moderately difficult hike.

Dates: Coming soon
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
A visitor explores the Realms and Divisions of Kahuku
A visitor explores the Realms and Divisions of Kahuku

NPS Photo/Janice Wei

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: Coming soon
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 
Visitor on Hiiaka and Pele hike at lava tree mold in Kahuku
Visitor on Hi‘iaka and Pele hike at lava tree mold in Kahuku

NPS Photo/Janice Wei

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.

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: Coming soon
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

Update - The Kahuku Unit's Forested Pit Crater and sections of the Glover Trail are now open to foot traffic only: Kahuku Road in the upper paddocks remain closed to vehicle traffic at the cross fence gate to help prevent the spread of Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD) to upper Kahuku. Hiking to the Forested Pit Crater and open sections of Glover Trail is only allowed via the Pit Crater Trail or Pali O Ka' Eo Trail. Hikers must stay on all designated trails as well as spray and brush their footwear at the Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD) Decontamination Station on the Pit Crater Trail before proceeding to the Forested Pit Carter. Make sure to close all gates at the ROD Decontamination Station to prevent the spread of invasive ungulates into the upper section of the park. Plan on at least a 2.5 to 3 hour round trip to the Forested Pit Crater and back to the trail heads. Ask onsite rangers for further details and trail descriptions.

Last updated: March 14, 2019

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