Kipuka Puaulu Bird Park

Pahoa, Hawaii

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This one is for the birds. A kipuka is an island of vegetation in a sea of lava. When an eruption poured lava down this hillside 400 years ago, it missed this section of forest, so the species of plants and animals that live here have been isolated for at least 2,000 years, when an older flow covered the land. Pick up a guide to the Kipuka Puaulu Nature Trail at the Kilauea Visitor Center before you start (if there are any available; they often run out). The trail begins at a panel with pictures of the birds that live in the kipuka. The route is described here in a clockwise direction, but you may walk either way.
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Hiking the Hawaiian Islands

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

This one is for the birds. A kipuka is an island of vegetation in a sea of lava. When an eruption poured lava down this hillside 400 years ago, it missed this section of forest, so the species of plants and animals that live here have been isolated for at least 2,000 years, when an older flow covered the land.

Pick up a guide to the Kipuka Puaulu Nature Trail at the Kilauea Visitor Center before you start (if there are any available; they often run out). The trail begins at a panel with pictures of the birds that live in the kipuka. The route is described here in a clockwise direction, but you may walk either way.

©  Suzanne Swedo /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pahoa
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Local Maps: USGS Kilauea Crater
Driving Directions: Directions to Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park)

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