PU’U WA’AWA’A

Trail Length: 8.1 miles
Activity: Hiking
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 1900 ft
Island: “Big Island” Hawai’i

PU'U WA'AWA'A

Pu’u Wa’Awa’A

Hawaii residents and visitors alike are drawn to this magnificent natural landmark nestled near the northern flank of Hualalai mountain. Pu’u Wa’awa’a is the namesake of the greater ahupua’a (traditional land management area) in the North Kona district that encompasses over 35,000 acres of land on the leeward side of Hawaii Island, spanning eight miles from an elevation of 6,500 feet to sea level at Kiholo Bay. An area with a  deep history, diverse biological features, unique geological formations, and amazing natural beauty, this ahupua’a is managed as both a State Forest Reserve in the mauka (mountainous) and State Park in the makai (coastal) lands. For well over a century, this area was largely inaccessible as a privately-operated cattle ranch. With a Management Plan in place, the opportunities to experience and malama (“care for”) Pu’u Wa’awa’a will continue to increase as the native Hawaiian dryland forest is protected and enhanced for the benefit of current and future generations.

Directions: The trailhead is between the 21 and 22 mile markers (closer to mile marker 21) on Hwy 190.  When you turn into it you’ll drive along a white pip fence toward a metal gate.  The gate is unlocked daily from 6am to 6pm.  Continue up toward the Vulcanite Road adn park near the check-in station.

Of Interest: Hawaii residents and visitors alike are drawn to this magnificent natural landmark nestled near the northern flank of Hualalai mountain. Pu’u Wa’awa’a is the namesake of the greater ahupua’a (traditional land management area) in the North Kona district that encompasses over 35,000 acres of land on the leeward side of Hawaii Island, spanning eight miles from an elevation of 6,500 feet to sea level at Kiholo Bay. An area with a deep history, diverse biological features, unique geological formations, and amazing natural beauty, this ahupua’a is managed as both a State Forest Reserve in the mauka (mountainous) and State Park in the makai (coastal) lands. For well over a century, this area was largely inaccessible as a privately-operated cattle ranch. With a Management Plan in place, the opportunities to experience and malama (“care for”) Pu’u Wa’awa’a will continue to increase as the native Hawaiian dryland forest is protected and enhanced for the benefit of current and future generations.

 

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