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Address: Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: An easy one-hour hike through meadowlands and old growth forest.

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Me and my 4 year old's favorite

This is the best accessible example of islands created when lava rips through a forest leaving little isolated patches. The forest here is old and tall, in stark contrast to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Alex W
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Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is the best accessible example of islands created when lava rips through a forest leaving little isolated patches. The forest here is old and tall, in stark contrast to everything else you see in Volcano.

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Redondo Beach, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
63 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We are no bird aficionados, but we liked pretending we were while strolling through this loop. We think we spotted about 8 different species, but will need to look at our blurry photos and compare them to the guide at the beginning of the trail to be sure. I think kids would love this walk in trying to spot the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Kipuka Puaulu is a pocket of mature ohi'a forest north of Route 11 but within the boundaries of Hawaii Volcanoes NP, on the road that leads upslope to the Mauna Loa hiking trail It's a classic kipuka (which is to say a stand of trees isolated by lava flows) and given its maturity it does attract a variety of birds... More 

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We heard plenty of birds but saw very few. Not that we are Audubon members or anything. It is a nice quick hike and a different perspective from above the crater area.

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Cambridge Springs
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123 reviews 123 reviews
44 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The trail is very easy, and we saw some interesting birds on our hike... If you have the time while in the area, it's worth doing.

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Moscow, Russia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
43 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If you're leaving Volcano State Park and have 1-2 hours free, this trail is good idea to spend some time. We were driving to Mauna Loa overlook, but the road was closed due to fire hazard, so we decided to check this trail. There's a free car parking close to entrance, and tree molds not far from the trail. Trail... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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139 reviews 139 reviews
38 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

This is an incredibly beautiful park, with birds which will come right up to you (looking for a handout, no doubt, but still...!) Be sure to pick up and follow the well-written trail guide as you go in, and by the time you exit, I am sure you will want to donate more than the suggested donation amount to keep... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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99 reviews 99 reviews
37 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We loved this little hiking trail. Took it in the morning and shadows highlighted the plants and made for great photos. We did see the pea fowl and several other bird species. Loved listening to them sing.

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Olympia, Washington
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191 reviews 191 reviews
56 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We have taken this loop a number of times and there is always a lot to see. Lots of interesting birds and plants. On our last trip we went on a NPS-led hike. The guide provided a lot of great information of the plants and birds, their inter-relationships, and made the trek even more special. The hike is not too... More 

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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This 8,600 year old "kipuka" (island of ancient vegetation surrounded by younger lava flows) is a rare glimpse of biological diversity of tree, plant, bird and insect on Big Island. The 19th and 20th century livestock grazing damage has mostly been restored; the environment is getting back to native growth. I went on a guided walk with a master forester…... More 

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