Kalahuipuaa Historical Park Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"You say you wouldn’t go for a hike if you were paid to do so? Well, consider this: The builders of the Mauna Lani resort complex have preserved a number of sites of historical and archaeological interest on the resort grounds as Kalahuipuaa Historical Park. In this civilized setting and on a paved path, visitors can easily stroll through a lava field, cross a segment of an old paved Hawaiian footpath, and visit wonderfully scenic tropical fishponds that are still in use.
A truly macho hike. Pause to take in the marvelous view at the parking area; the green valley to the southeast is Pololu. Now head southsoutheast, away from the roadend and slightly inland, to pick up the trail into Pololu Valley. You descend under Christmas berry, guava, ironwood, hala, and hau, and alongside air plant, morning glory, ulei, ilima, white shrimp plant, and cayenne vervain. The trail is very steep at times—you descend 400 feet in less than 1/2 mile!—and is muddy and slippery in some places, rocky in others. You have occasional excellent views out over the valley on your descent, and soon you pass through a stock gate (be sure to close it behind you)."