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Address: Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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An easy one-hour hike through meadowlands and old growth forest.

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Bird song and ancient trees

Beyond the normal vistas and crowds at Volcano NP, a short drive up Mauna Loa Road delivers you to a Kipuka is an area of older vegetation surrounded by a more recent lava flow... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Richard J
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Kapolei, Hawaii
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Kapolei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beyond the normal vistas and crowds at Volcano NP, a short drive up Mauna Loa Road delivers you to a Kipuka is an area of older vegetation surrounded by a more recent lava flow from Mauna Loa. There are very ancient Koa trees here as well as an abundance of rare Hawaiian birds (as well as introduced species). The walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a great trail through an old growth stand of Hawaiian rain forest. You can walk the trail in 20 to 30 minutes. we took 2 hours as we would stop and just take in the ambiance.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

uncrowded, kipuka trail. It is in the process of being restored to native plants. Lots of birdsong, but not many birds seen. Lots of interesting plants and beautiful flowers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

You will need to drive up in the mountain in order to reach the trail head, but ounce up there, the scenery is beautiful, there is a little picnic place 100 feet down the trail head entry point, the nearby Silver woods are also interesting on that side of the mountain.

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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Did this short hike - again no other people - after we spent 3 hours on the desert trip across the road. Quite a change. Interesting large rainforest ferns. Did not see many birds.

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Sonora, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Have taken this trail many times and recommend it to bird watchers. You will find most of the forest birds here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

What a transformative walk. There are so many amazing varieties of bird there. If your lucky, you can catch the Nene family walking together in the middle of the road going up toward lookout. There are beautiful birds you can enjoy listening to or photographing, but they aren't the only interesting creatures in the woods. There is rich history on... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great circular 2 mile easy hike through dry forest. The flora is really interesting and there are little plaques telling you what the different trees are. The green canopy gives welcome cover from the sun and you can hear the birds in the trees. Top tips would be wear insect repellent, bring binoculars, bring water, don't bring... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

When you want to escape the people in the Park, make your way up Mauna Loa Road to an old kipuka (area of forest spared by lava flows). This is an easy one-mile loop through native forest that is making a good comeback after what you can read in the trail guide was almost total eradication by cattle grazing. You... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

In Hawaiian, 'kipuka' means hole; Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) was formed when lava flowed but the elevation of this particular feature meant that it was not overrun by lava, leaving much older vegetation and plenty of flora and fauna to enjoy. It's an easy, less-than-two-mile walk and there are picnic tables and grills for you to enjoy a picnic. Kipuka... More 

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