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Pololu Valley Awini Trail

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Drive to the lookout at the end of Highway 270, then park your car and look for the brown sign that leads to the trail. The picturesque dirt and root path can be steep in places, but the views are worth the effort. The lava-rimmed black sand of Pololu Valley Beach are a great place to rest, but the conditions are not suitable for swimming.


Puu Loa Petroglyphs

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Petroglyphs are known as kii pohaku, lava rock carvings made by Native Hawaiians. The largest field in Hawaii is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, about .7 miles off the Chain of Craters Road. There you’ll see more than 23,000 images, most made prior to western contact. Please help us protect these sacred artifacts by not walking or touching the carvings.


Onomea Trail









Look for this scenic trail on the Hawaii Belt Road, about half a mile on the Hilo side of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Office. It follows the old territorial government road into the Garden, then splits at Alakahi Stream. The right branch turns to Kukilu Bay. The left continues across the garden to the east side of Kahalii Stream where it meets up with the challenging Donkey Trail.


Crater Rim Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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For those determined to explore an active volcano, this very challenging 11-mile rim trail circles Kilauea’s summit caldera, home to Pele, Hawaii’s goddess of volcanoes. Although a large portion of the trail is closed due to volcanic activity in Halemaumau Crater, you can still experience diverse ecosystems, surprising amount of wildlife and views that will make you think you’re in another world.


Akaka Falls State Park

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All it takes is an hour to see two of Hawaii Island’s most dramatic waterfalls. Located on the northeastern Hamakua Coast, paved stairs lead you through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids and bamboo groves to the 100-foot Kahuna Falls. Continue around the bend and you’ll hear the thunder of Akaka Falls before you see it cascading 442 feet into a deep misty gorge.


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