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“Great hike”

Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
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Owner description: An easy one-hour hike through meadowlands and old growth forest.
Honolulu
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131 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

This trail is located on Mauna Loa. It is a mile long loop which goes up a mountain. The incline isn't too bad, but if you have weak knees or a heart condition you may not want to hike this trail. Dress in layers. At the lower part of the trail it was warmer, at times it got colder and once the fog rolled in, we needed our fleece jackets. Bring a rain jacket just in case. Take water and a light snack. There are no bathroom facilities here but there is a day area just before it.

It took us a couple hours to do this hike because we stopped a lot to take photos and do some bird watching. We saw a number of kalij pheasants, both male and female on and off the trail. Lots of native Hawaiian plants/trees here with excellent signage with short descriptions of the plants and a drawing of the plant/tree. There are several benches along the trail to sit and bird watch.

The beginning of the Mauna Loa trail is not too far from this trail, it's worth a quick visit even if you don't want to hike the trail (if it's not foggy).

We couldn't find an official website for this park, but this website has a lot of great information. There are no park rangers or staff here. http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/bridges/bigisland/kipukapuaulu/kipuka_puaulu.htm

Visited December 2011
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Tampa
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84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Saw an 'Io and Kalij Pheasant but no I'IWI”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2011

The Bird Park is located just a short distance up Mauna Loa Scenic Road a mile or two. Once there ample parking is available. The hike is pretty easy, in a well marked trail that make a loop through a densely forested area. Along the trail we heard lots of birds but didn’t see any of the rare Honey Creepers which make this area home to our disappointment. Volcanoes National Park is home to 13 different types of Honey Creepers that make this home found nowhere else in the world. This was a wonderful and beautiful little trail to take an afternoon, or better yet, a morning to hike and if nothing else than to listen to the birds. We did spot the rare and endangered ‘IO or Hawaiian Hawk and also the Kalij Pheasant, both of which we got photographs. But of the I’IWI we were not so fortunate.

Visited November 2011
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Oxnard, CA
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Dress like a park ranger”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2009

I rated this 'very good' for the simple reason it is easy to reach if you are visiting the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, is an easy 0.7 mile circular walk and if you are wearing khaki shorts and shirt the Kalij pheasants apparently think you are there to check their health and walk right up to you. Please don't pick them up since that is the ranger's job. Just enjoy the ability to photograph them up close. There are benches where true bird watchers (not us) can sit to search for the numerous birds we heard but could only catch glimpse of.

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Highland Park, IL
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“Hear the birds but don't see them”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2003

Pretty walk thru tropical forest. The giant Koa tree is really cool, look for the bee's nest up in a hole. Only birds we SAW were Kalij pheasants.

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