Donkey Trail

Papaikou, Hawaii

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This short, steep, and sometimes slippery hike takes you down to a perfect picnic spot on a grassy point extending out into Onomea Bay. The route follows the southern bank of Onomea Stream through deep tropical forest where you will need mosquito repellent, but the picnic spot is pleasant and breezy enough to keep the bugs away. In the 1880s donkeys were used to haul supplies along this route, between a landing at the one-time harbor and a sugar mill on the hillside above. The trail begins very near the edge of the scenic road at a sign and immediately begins to descend among damp, slippery rocks and roots. The dense growth of palm trees, tree ferns, and African tulip trees seems wild and mysterious, but in fact it is made up almost completely of introduced species purposely planted here.

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"This short, steep, and sometimes slippery hike takes you down to a perfect picnic spot on a grassy point extending out into Onomea Bay. The route follows the southern bank of Onomea Stream through deep tropical forest where you will need mosquito repellent, but the picnic spot is pleasant and breezy enough to keep the bugs away.

In the 1880s donkeys were used to haul supplies along this
route, between a landing at the one-time harbor and a sugar
mill on the hillside above. The trail begins very near the
edge of the scenic road at a sign and immediately begins to
descend among damp, slippery rocks and roots. The dense
growth of palm trees, tree ferns, and African tulip trees
seems wild and mysterious, but in fact it is made up almost
completely of introduced species purposely planted here."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Papaikou
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-Round
Local Maps: USGS Papaikou
Driving Directions: Directions to Donkey Trail

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May 2018