People & Land of Kahuku

July 22, 2018

Everyone is invited to find their park and experience authentic Hawaiian cultural programs, guided hikes and more from Kaʻū to Volcano to Hilo. 

While Kīlauea continues to shake the ground and blast ash from its ever-changing summit crater - causing the partial closure of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on May 11 - park rangers continue to enlighten and engage visitors from other locations. Rangers offer new and familiar programs at the park’s Kahuku Unit, Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo, the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village and other locations - free of charge. 

People & Land of Kahuku is a moderate two-mile, three-hour guided hike that loops through varied landscapes to explore the human history of Kahuku. Emerging native forests, pastures, lava fields and other sites hold clues about ways people have lived and worked on the vast Kahuku lands - from the earliest Hawaiians through generations of ranching families, to the current staff and volunteers of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The guided hike is offered Sunday, July 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is located on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 in Kaʻū, about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Entrance and all programs are free. Kahuku is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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