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O'oma Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike is off the beaten path, known mostly to locals. It winds through a beautiful, dark and quiet tree fern forest on the slopes of extinct Hualalai Volcano. This is cloud forest; be prepared to get wet.
Begin at the trailhead sign marking the Makuala O’oma Tract of the Honua’ula State Forest Reserve. The loop is described in a clockwise direction. The narrow path goes northwest and downhill through ginger and ohia lehua. It is deeply shaded almost its entire length by towering hapu’u tree ferns. For a sensuous experience, wiggle your fingers as far down as you can reach into the space where the fronds emerge from the trunk. The amazingly soft, reddish material you’ll find there is called pulu and was used by early Hawaiians for embalming bodies."
--Suzanne Swedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: The Big Island (Falcon Guides).
Very pretty trail, interesting flora and songbirds.
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