Honokaa town is located in the Hamakua Coast, at 40 mi/64 km in the north of Hilo. The area is a historic district of Big Island in Hawaii because the town's economy was once based on sugar production from the Hamakua Sugar Company, until 1994.
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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Kīpukapuaulu Trail, Volcano National Park, Hawaii USA
The park is an international World Heritage site and provides visitors with several exciting hiking opportunities. Kipukapualu Trail or Bird Park is an easy route of 1.2 mi/2 km long, about one hour round trip and starts at Kipuka Puaulu parking lot on Mauna Loa road.
Hiking there is an amazing experience because you walk through the rainforest oasis, with an amazing variety of tropical birds specific in only Hawaii’s Big Island, insects and plantation, surrounded by lava flows form the Mauna Loa mountain. Hikers should wear hiking boots, take water and snacks, a raincoat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat because the sun can be very intense.
Due to the unstable terrain conditions, it is highly recommended, before choosing Kipukapualu Trail, to consult the Volcano National Park website for any park alerts that might prevent you from following this route.