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    Brent Duddles reviewed Poll Valley Trail to Honokane Nui Lookout

    8 months ago

    Awesome place. Steep rocky/muddy switchback to enter Pololu Valley. Black polished medium/large lava rock beach, with black sand dune covered forest right behind it. Many campsites located in the forest, although camping is not technically "allowed." Hike past the beach and up a trail (trench-like looking entrance) to climb the far side. This part of the trail was really muddy and slippery when we went, but very fun. At top it get less steep and trail improves drastically. There are two benches to sit at located at the end of my gps route, these overlook Honokane Nui Valley. There is supposedly a route down, but I didn't take it. Return same way you came up.

    Note: There is not an easily accessible water source (even with filters), so pack in enough water to sustain you and your fellow companions. Our three person group with small dog used around 10 liters over 26 hours.

    Brent Duddles reviewed Mahai'ula to Kua Bay and back

    8 months ago

    Very cool trail along coast of Kekaha Kai State Park. Start at the popular southern enterance (Mahai'ula Bay) and hike along the trail past the renowned Makalawena Beach, over Pu'u Kili, to the popular Kua Bay. Portions along this path are heavily visited, but the entire distance is seldom walked, as most people access Kua via car, or stop their hike at Makalawena for the sand. I saw no one on the trail north of Makalawena till the paved rd at Kua.

    Brent Duddles reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail

    8 months ago

    Cool falls. Seems like it rains all the time in Hilo though. Not a hike...you get out of your car and walk a path up to the overlook. Kid friendly, even saw some older people with canes making the walk up the rock path.

    Brent Duddles completed Rainbow Falls Lookout

    8 months ago

    Brent Duddles added Pu'u Wa'awa'a

    8 months ago

    Brent Duddles reviewed End of Chain of Craters Road to Active Lava Flow

    8 months ago

    We parked on the west end and biked along the trail almost to the end, before getting off our bikes and hiking across the lava field. Biking was fun, but kind of stressful on semi-road bike tires as the road was loose gravel. Hiking was super unique over pahoehoe lava. I wore tennis shoes and ended up with a cut on the back of my calf from a portion of lava that broke off and cut me. Flashlights are a must for the hike back in the dark (you want to see the lava in the dark right?). Also I'd highly recommend a GPS or some sort of light beacon as walking through the pahoehoe lava field in the dark is very directionally disorienting. We had a beacon on the bikes AND a GPS, in the end the GPS helped the most. We left Kona around 3:30pm and go to the lava flow right around 7:45. Be prepared for challenging navigation through the lava field as it has many ridges and valleys. Lava was flowing crazy well when we went, I stood within 3 feet of a large flow for moment.

    Brent Duddles saved Makalewena Beach

    8 months ago

    Brent Duddles reviewed Makalewena Beach

    8 months ago

    From the south it is an easy walk across a mostly level foot trail, but with medium rocks. Hot if sun is out. From north it is a little more technical walk down sloped 4wd trail over medium to large rocks, although not hard. The red route on the site isn't showing going to Makalawena, follow the black dotted trail instead. I'd recommend at least tennis shoes for either way.

    There are other hikes of note that aren't listed (at least that I can find) within this park.

    Pu'u Ku'ili - very short hike up a cinder cone, immediately next to Kua Bay. Look for the 15mph sign on the drive in, the entrance to the trail is about 30 yards back from the sign across the road on the left. Hidden so if you don't know it's there you'll miss it. Really cool views form the top of this cone. I'd recommend tennis shoes, but I have done it a few times in slippers (Hawaiian for flip flops).

    Makole'a Black Sand Beach - about a mile hike south from the Kekaha Kai State park pit toilets. Follow the coast until you start to see white coral chunks marking a rough trail over Pahoehoe lava flows. Cool little beach with sweet black sand. Saw one person during hike. I did hike in slippers.

    Brent Duddles completed Makalewena Beach

    8 months ago