Hinakapoula to Hainoa Crater Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Honuaula Forest Reserve

Hinakapoula to Hainoa Crater Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length3.1 miElevation gain1,128 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningViewswild-flowersWildlifePrivate propertyHistoric siteNo dogs
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As pointed out by several sites describing this trail, OFFICIAL PERMISSION is absolutely required from Kamehameha Schools/ Bishop Estate who owns the land through which you access this trail. Recently there has been a growing number of visitors trespassing through the locked gate, despite signs. Because of liability concerns, fears of danger to the delicate ecology of the area, and increasing vandalism, some quite serious, there currently is a paid guard there who will take photos of anyone approaching, and their cars, inform them that there is a process to acquire permission, and of course turn them away if they don't have any. Btw---very few, aparently, are granted permission to access this trail. There are other trails that lead to the summit of Mt. Hualalai, but they are also accessed through KSBE property.

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Brenton Murray
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“Do not enter”. “Private property”. This is t a hike. Take it off All Trails!

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Chris Bruning
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Keolani Keawe
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This isn't a "hiking trail", it clearly states "Private Property" and "Wahi Kupuna- sacred place". its a culturally sensitive area as well as conservation and private land. Anyone who trespasses here has no respect for Hawaiian culture, sacred places, conservation sensitive area and private lands.

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Kona Gecko
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Permission needs to be obtained from Kamehameha Schools. Map route shown here is inaccurate for the second (upper) half and dead wrong for the upper 1/4. This is close to a 16 mile, 11 hour hike up and back, much of it on a loose pebble road. You'll want trekking poles and closed-toed boots, (it will kill you in sandals), and be prepared with rain gear and at least 3L water... and should you turn an ankle, to spend the night at altitude. Cellphone service is spotty along route, so don't count on calling 911.

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Jeremy Anson
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It's trespassing to be there which takes the fun out of it.

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Niel Thomas
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as written by others the trail is on Hawaiian native property but on the 4th of July at least was not patrolled and others seemed used to using it. this is a ATV road that services a variety of microwave and broadcasting Towers on the way up Hualalai. It is not a difficult hike but with clouds and fog not much to see by way of views. the cinder cone looking down into the crater is a great place to picnic. Hawaii Forest & Trail has a post that they lead towards in there and have permission. they have a blog post that says there is another crater with parrots in it but we didn't find that one.

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Mike Peerless
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Fantastic

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Aaron Soule
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I walked 4 hours down and back on this trail. The guard is apparently no more, and you just climb over the gate. There are actually 5 different gates that I passed at different stages of the trail. However, other than the distant views, I don't think I got anywhere close to the summit. I did pass a red cabin near a Bishop forest project that had running water and fresh apples. The sign on the front read "Uluha'a a Hualalai". Deeper in there were a number of Eucalyptus tree plantings wrapped in blue containers. I thought at this point I was near the summit, but then I took the next switchback which led into some deep cloud forest and yet another higher peek. It was getting quite cold and rainy. I had to turn around at this point to make it back before dark. I followed the main 4WD path along the way. There were occasional forks to places such as the radio antennas that you see near the beginning. I did start kind of late (around 10 AM), so if I started at 6 AM (first light) I could probably get another 2 hours down the road but probably still not summit based on the length published here. How are people actually getting to this summit? I hear Hawaii Forest & Trails might do this, but it is not a packaged tour and could get quite expensive. I will probably not go back until I can piece together a way to get to the summit. Also remember to bring a hiking stick because you can slip on the loose gravel.

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Jason Izumi
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As pointed out by several sites describing this trail, OFFICIAL PERMISSION is absolutely required from Kamehameha Schools/ Bishop Estate who owns the land through which you access this trail. Recently there has been a growing number of visitors trespassing through the locked gate, despite signs. Because of liability concerns, fears of danger to the delicate ecology of the area, and increasing vandalism, some quite serious, there currently is a paid guard there who will take photos of anyone approaching, and their cars, inform them that there is a process to acquire permission, and of course turn them away if they don't have any. Btw---very few, aparently, are granted permission to access this trail. There are other trails that lead to the summit of Mt. Hualalai, but they are also accessed through KSBE property.

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Les Chess
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Bree Brown
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Niel Thomas
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