Napau Crater Trail to Puu Huluhulu Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This moderate jaunt takes you past lava trees and up a rainforest- clad cinder cone, Puu Huluhulu. At its top, there’s an outstanding viewpoint over the eerie remains of the landscape ravaged during the 1969–1974 eruption. You can see Mauna Ulu (a small shield volcano built on Kilauea’s east rift by that eruption) as well as the landscape the eruption spared.
The Naulu Trail trailhead is across the Chain of Craters Road from Ke Ala Komo Picnic Area, by an inconspicuous marker in a weedy aa field. Zigzag through the aa, on which aalii, kupukupu ferns, Indian pluchea, and lantana have found footholds. These pioneering species recolonize and reclaim a landscape devastated by a lava flow."