Free hikes and programs at Kahuku this weekend
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Kahuku Unit by offering free programs to introduce visitors and residents to the park’s southernmost section, now through September 2013.
For all activities below, enter Kahuku on the mauka (uphill) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, and a snack are recommended. No advance registration is required, except for the Ka‘ū ‘Ohana Day, where registration is required.
‘Ōhi‘a Lehua. There is more to the ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree than meets the eye. 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 traveling through the park will be able to identify the many differences of the most prominent tree in the Kahuku Unit. Pack a lunch to enjoy during the program. The ‘Ōhi‘a Lehua program is offered July 20, Aug. 18, and Sept. 28; from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mauna Loa Southwest Rift Zone. Take a short, guided hike to an overlook located on the Upper Palm Trail. From the overlook, park rangers will orient visitors to numerous prominent geologic features of the many eruptions of the Southwest Rift Zone of Mauna Loa. 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. The Mauna Loa Southwest Rift Zone program is offered July 21, Aug. 10, and Sept. 15; from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.