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 Site Bulletin (pdf-1.37MB)

 
Kahuku Unit Guided Hikes
 
For more information about Kahuku programs call 808-929-8075 or email.
 
NPS Volunteer Ruth Levin leads the People & Land of Kahuku hike
NPS Volunteer Ruth Levin leads the People & Land of Kahuku hike

NPS/Janice Wei

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: June 18, July 16, August 20, & September 17, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

NPS/Sami Steinkamp

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: June 25, July 1, July 23, August 6, & September 24, 2017
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

NPS/Sierra McDaniel

'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: June 11, July 9, August 13, & September 10, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 
Visitors enjoy a guided hike to Pu‘ū o Lokuana cindercone
Visitors enjoy a guided hike to Pu‘ū o Lokuana cindercone

NPS/Janice Wei

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: July 2, August 19, & September 3, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 
Red and orange lehua blossom on an ‘ōhi‘a tree in the Kahuku Unit
Red and orange lehua blossom on an ‘ōhi‘a tree in the Kahuku Unit

NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi

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: June 17, July 30, August 26, & September 16, 2017
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: June 10, July 22, August 12, September 9, & September 30, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 
Realms of Kahuku
Realms of Kahuku

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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: July 15, August 5, & September 2, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 
Palm Trail
Palm Trail

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Nature and Culture: An Unseverable relationship

Hike the Palm Trail and be inspired by a place where catastrophic change (hulihia) and subsequent restoration (kulia) 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: June 24, July 29, August 27, & September 23, 2017
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am

Last updated: July 12, 2017

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

Phone:

(808) 985-6000

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