ElevationAscent: 164' 50 m
Descent: -164' -50 m
High: 4,095' 1,248 m
Low: 3,930' 1,198 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“This short loop trail reveals a story of struggle for some of Hawai'i.”— Brian Smith
Restrooms (pit toilets) are available nearby at the picnic area.
As you get ready to enter this magnificent kpuka, under which is an 8,600-year-old lava flow, you'll see a lush jungle ahead of you. This is in stark contrast to the rocky terrain and scant vegetation of the younger 600-year-old lava flow that you start in. Kpukapuaulu is overflowing with life.
The abundance and variety of flora and fauna found in Kpukapuaulu is bolstered by more than 10 feet of moisture and nutrient-rich soil which was deposited by Klauea Volcanos multiple fiery eruptions. This forest receives a moderate amount of rainfall which has also produced a suitable environment for species ranging from the wetter rainforests to the drier forest. This richness of biological diversity reflects eons of plant succession that has raised a greater abundance of species.
If you plan to visit Kpukapuaulu, be sure to download the NPS interpretive trail guide.
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Local Club: Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Mar 10, 2020: New Hōlei Sea Arch Viewing Area Opens
Land Manager: National Park Service - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park