Grand Opening: Palila Forest

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 in News and Events




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Hawai‘i’s newest interpretive trail.

Take a journey through Mauna Kea’s high-elevation dry forest. This forest is one of the last large tracts of dry forest left in Hawai‘i. While there are serious threats to this forest, restoration efforts are helping to protect this special home of a critically endangered bird, the palila.

From the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, take the Old Saddle Road towards Waiki‘i. Turn off at the Kilohana Hunter Checking Station (between mile markers 43 and 44). From there 4×4 vehicles can drive up the “R-1” road 4 miles to the trail head.
2-wheel drive vehicles should park at Kilohana and take the free shuttles.

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  • Grand Opening Celebration – Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 10:30 am
  • Free guided hikes – 11:15 am & 1:00 pm
  • Education booths
  • Free keiki crafts
  • Light refreshments

Free Shuttles

For those without 4×4 drive, park at the Kilohana Hunter Checking Station off Old Saddle Road.
Shuttles will depart from Kilohana every 30 minutes, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.