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New Kona Trail Opens in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

August 22, 2012

A new 4.5 mile hiking trail is open for visitors to Kahuku in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Kona Trail

Hikers enjoy a trek along the newly opened Kona Trail. NPS Photo Jay Robinson

The Kona Trail is one of the most diverse trails in the Kahuku area. Located between 3,880 and 4,440 feet above sea level, the Kona Trail offers sweeping views of Ka Lae, the Ka‘ū coast, and it encounters a rugged lava landscape from the 1887 Mauna Loa flow. The moderate loop trail meanders through old pastures and native forests, and alongside native plant restoration areas.

 

Kona Trailhead

Hikers approach the Kona Trailhead. NPS Photo Jay Robinson

Kahuku is located on Highway 11, near mile marker 70.5 on the mauka side of the road. The Kona Trail is about 5.5 miles from the Kahuku entrance up a steep, rough and rocky road. Four-wheel drive is strongly recommended. Parking for the Kona Trail is at the Lower and Upper Glover Trailheads.

 

Kahuku and the new Kona Trail are open Saturdays (except the first Saturday of each month) and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

Kona Trail and Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita

Hikers explore the new Kona Trail with Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita. NPS Photo Jay Robinson

 

 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephen Melinger permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:22 am

    The trail looks to be enchanting as it passes through different types of landscapes: pastures, plains and fields. I wonder if the trail is marked by signage or maps.

    • HAVO PAO permalink*
      August 23, 2012 10:13 am

      Yes, Stephen, there is signage marking the Kona Trail. We hope you get to experience it first hand! Or is that “first foot?” ;)

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 10, 2012 11:49 am

    Hi, just wondering why you have advertisements for Nissan on a National Park web site?

    • Pacific Island Ranger permalink*
      September 10, 2012 12:06 pm

      Not exactly sure what you are talking about. We haven’t seen ads on our site. Might be something wordpress allows for targeting viewers…not really for sure, but it is not something we are doing. Mahalo

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