Famous for its dense rainforest, majestic cliffs and unspoiled beaches, Hakalau Forest is often thought of as the crown jewel of the Hawaiian Big Island. But what else could you explore there? What other attractions to take in or activities you could take part in while you are visiting this gorgeous location? Let's explore! Hakalau Forest is located in the northeastern portion of Hawaii and is located to the island's less rural side. There are miles upon miles of trail available to explore, there is plenty of activities you can do at Hakalau Forest. You can go on beautiful nature walks while taking in some spectacular views.
You can turn left here and continue down the dirt road until the ranger station at final section of the road. As you drive through these rutted roads, expect to see plenty of birds munching on snails along the edges of nearby streams. Be sure to look closely at these areas, and you may also see two species of endemic Hawaiian tree snails namely the 'O'u, and the 'I'iwi. The refuge is home to more than 50 species of native birds. Certain species like such as the Hawaiin Hawk, Koholapehu, and 'Amakihi, can be observed throughout the year and others like the 'Akeke'e and Akepa visit for breeding (Oct 1 through March 31).
If you are a fan of hiking or nature walks, Hakalau Forest has several trails that are extremely well-known. For instance, the Ka'aha Trail is roughly three miles long and provides stunning views of waterfall cliffs when you hike. If, on the other hand, you're looking to observe more birds and animals than scenic views, however you can do the four-mile loop of Papa'aloa Ridge might be just what you're looking for! What else are you able to do in Hakalau Forest? Although they do not permit camping overnight, there are still some pretty cool things you can do at Hakalau Forest, such as hike the trails and take nature walks or bird watching, fishing or boating on its gorgeous beaches. To gather further information please read more
The trail begins close to the ranger station. It takes around an hour for a walk. The majority of hikes ending at a cliff where hikers can take in sights of Hakalau Forest Valley which is located nearby. The trail gets quite muddy during certain seasons which is why you must bring sturdy shoes or boots prior to starting this hike. If you're interested in seeing butterflies, this trail provides excellent opportunities. If you're looking to see birds, they usually nest in the trees therefore any rustling sounds could potentially catch their attention.
Excavating sites in hakalau have proven that people have been living here for around 800 years that is somewhere around the time of first Polynesian colonization in Hawaii! If you're looking for the most breathtaking views take a look at Hakalau Forest. There are numerous routes in the area which means you'll have the ability to select the one that's best for you based on how long you want to walk and the kind of landscape you prefer the most.
It's also the site of numerous historical events like battles between two conflicting cultures - the, Hawaiians and the European colonists. Every year, on Memorial Day weekend (May 27th) Hakalau holds an event known as "The Run to Remember" in honor of soldiers who have lost their lives in the service of their country.