Manuka Nature Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Captain Cook, Hawaii, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length2.1 miElevation gain426 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingForestWildlifeRockyNo dogs
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Colton Griffin
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Hiking

Great nature trail. We did it in one hour. Do not forget mosquito repellent!

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Cyle Z
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

Refreshing, lush rainforest trail. I went a few times recently during and after the rain in the afternoons. The first half is pretty great though there are parts throughout that are somewhat overgrown, but still passable. When it isn't raining the mosquitoes can become a little overwhelming. I love how green the trail is, though.

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Amy Thompson
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About 1/4 mile into the trail, I came across a wild boar. There were a lot of mosquitoes. This is not a strenuous trail but there is some uneven footing.

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Michelle Porter
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HikingBugsRocky

This trail goes through dense vegetation and you will encounter a lot of mosquitoes and slippery rocks to navigate on the way down. There is a super interesting tree at the trailhead that sports giant evergreen pom poms and has 6 foot tall "cat tails" growing up out of it! But the most interesting part of the hike was the loud rumbling I heard. Thought it was a plane, but then thought about how I was walking on the Southwest Rift zone and how the recent seismic activity on Mauna Loa is mimicking conditions prior to the 1975 and 1984 eruptions! Hmm...

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Cathie Spellmeyer
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We are novice hikers in our 60’s. Trail was challenging but no worse for wear. A little disappointed there were not more view points. We stopped at the botanical signage but at this time in January no flora in bloom. I did see the biggest butterfly I’ve ever seen. It was probably about 8” tip to tip.

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Isaac Castle
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Great trail. Lots of vegetation. Trees. Not very kid friendly. Rocky loose. Roots. Great trail. Ran thru in Sandals. Still out of breathe. Beautiful.

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Justin Singleton
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BugsRocky

As a local I love this easy quick hike. There are a lot of mosquitos so bring some repellant if they are attracted to you. Lots of Ohia trees and a cool looking crater which is a little off trail. If you are visiting and are looking for views this is not the hike for you.

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Fran Meyer
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Good hike, however lots of mosquitos (had to rush thru it, they love my blood) make sure to have mosquito repellent. I forgot mine :(

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Bruce Fleck
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A little hard to follow the trail in some places. But beautiful hike through at least two ecological zones in 2 miles. Took us 90 minutes and we are not super slow.

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Courtney Staudacher
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

While this trail wasn't awful, it definitely doesn't showcase the best Hawaii has to offer. Recommend wearing sturdy/thick sole shoes, as it's rocky in parts. Took 2 of us about 45 minutes going a moderate pace.

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Uwe Walter
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HikingOver grown

Not the most exciting trail, but nice if you want to experience a nice semi local forest (this is a planted area after one of the lava streams went downhill).

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Kat R
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Not much to see. You see a pit crater to your right (you’ll see a log on the ground and a warning sign behind the leaves, which we almost missed.) which is not much. Wear sturdy shoes though because my boyfriend wore sandals thinking it would be an easy hike (it was), but he accidentally slipped and cut his big toe. So be careful! Nice and green, but not much to see.

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JTM Bartels
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Agree with the other reviews, not a lot to really absorb. Trail is somewhat overgrown in areas and the bugs were out. The park and overlook before entering the trail is very nice.

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Rich O
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Hiking

Not great. I hate saying a trail is “bad”, but being thousands of miles from home with finite time to explore this island, I feel like this hike was a waste of time. No views, kind of overgrown in places, and just a few interesting flowers. Should have listened to previous reviews.

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Margaret Bannatyne
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fairly easy trail did it in slippas. some chunky rocks, need to watch footing in some areas. about 90 min

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Mark Shute
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The Good: Well maintained trail - gentle inclines with stairs in the steeper places; most fallen timber recently cut off the trail. Convenient - the trail head is less than 100 yards off highway 11 with ample free parking and restrooms. Quiet - You can't hear the highway despite the proximity; it feels like you are much deeper in the bush than you really are.Variety - there are lots of different plants and birds to see. The Bad: Almost all of the trail bed is either rocky, rooty, or covered in chunky, unstable lava-rock gravel - a real ankle-turner. It is not a pretty hike. The forest is a dense tangle of undergrowth and fallen dead wood. You can't see far beyond the trail itself, and density stifles any breeze. The air is stagnant and the trail feels closed in and claustrophobic. I can see how it would get a reputation for being haunted. While a lot of fallen trees had been cut clear of the trail, there were a half-dozen or so that hadn't and we had to climb over them. Conclusion: If your time on the Big Island is limited, and you really want to feel like you are deep in the bush, this is a convenient little hike, but it is not particularly enjoyable.

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Kim Barney
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Great hike. Nice trail Many plants and flowers Few geocaches. Liked it a lot

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Jason Izumi
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We hear this area is haunted, aparently featuring a couple of ancient Hawaiian grave markers (?) Some have reported quite violent, paranormal incidents. So although we live only c.20 miles from this trail, we haven't yet attempted this one. Reportedly the native flora is outstanding. This may motivate us to muster enough courage to try it some day!

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Beth Eanelli
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Jeff Steinwand
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Amy Chumbley
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Alix Álvarez Blancas
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Kim Aird
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Avery Chesser
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