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Kalopa Native Forest Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Kalopa State Park is a hidden treasure. Its native forest is a tiny patch of the real Hawai’i that has not been trampled by cattle, plowed under for sugarcane, or bulldozed for development. The showy blossoms of ginger and plumeria that are usually associated with “natural” Hawai’i have actually been brought here from elsewhere as ornamentals. Even the coconuts, breadfruit, and bananas we think of as quintessentially Hawaiian were introduced by the original Polynesian settlers. You can pick up a pamphlet at the trailhead that tells about the loving care and hard work that have gone into maintaining this rare little piece of forest, and you can also borrow a trail guide to help you identify and appreciate the plants. Or you can simply stroll and soak up the beauty and solitude in a bit of Hawai’i not overrun by tourists. The park also hosts a campground, cabins, picnic area, and an arboretum with trees from all over the tropical world."
--Suzanne Swedo , Hiking the Hawaiian Islands (Falcon Guides).
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