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“Easy nature walk”

Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
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Owner description: An easy one-hour hike through meadowlands and old growth forest.
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We love this kind of thing- non crowded, easy loop trail, lots of trees and birds, and plenty of opportunity to spot some fungus. Ample parking. Pay $2 for a guidebook and take the easy paved trail. We saw tons of invasive pheasant, they may be a bit aggressive and come looking for hand outs. We didn't see another person on the trail the whole time, very private and quiet.

We also did the drive further up Mauna Loa. Interesting, winding, some questionable pavement conditions but still do-able in a rental car. It was a looong drive to the start of the hiking trail, but the view was nice. If you have some time to kill and are searching for some solitude, take the drive.

2  Thank karen1monger
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Took a free ranger-led hike along this trail. It lasted about 1 1/2hours. The scenery was great, and we saw the current eruption in the distance as well as some steam pots close up. Flowers were magnificent, too!

Thank MaestraM
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Bring water and dress for the weather. There is a bathroom before the hike start. Loved all the birds and plants we saw. Wish I had a better zoom lens!

Thank mama2potter
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

I've taken my kids on the trail since they were like 2 years old. Its a easy and enjoyable hike.

Thank KLVolcano
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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

5  Thank TravelWithCameraHI
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