Hiking The Kulani Forest Trail System

The 8th most popular hiking trail in Hawaii.

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South of Hilo on the Big Island, the Kulani Forest has a network of informal trails and old roads open to hiking. The routes pass through lush, dense forest with giant ferns and huge stands of 60 foot tall eucalyptus trees. There is a 6 mile loop, though it can be difficult to follow with several new side routes that have formed.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Hilo, follow SR11 for 4.5 miles toward Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Turn right on Stainback Highway for 2.5 miles. Turn left on Quarry Road for 0.3 miles. Look for a side road on the left leading into an abandoned rock quarry which is used as a parking area. It looks very overgrown. There is no formal trailhead or any services.

Overall, Kulani Forest Trail System is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 45 hikes in Hawaii. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Kulani Forest Trail System including Mauna Loa Trail, HiIlawe Falls, Napau Crater Trail, Ala Kahakai Trail, Muliwai Trail / Waimanu Valley and Pololu Valley TrailKilauea Crater Park.

Kulani Forest Trail System Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Hawaii Trail & Access System (808) 974-4217; Big Island Weather (808) 961-5582; Hawaiian Walkways Tours (808) 775-0372; Hawaii Forest & Trail Guides (808) 331-8505.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking The Hawaiian Islands" from Suzanne Swedo

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Namakani Paio Campground (808) 967-7321

Luxury Loding:  Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel; Mauna Lani Resort; Hilton Waikoloa Village; Four Seasons Hualalai Resort

Breakfast Restaurant:  Kens House of Pancakes, Hilo

Reference Source:  click here http://www.hawaiitrails.org/

GPS:  19.63067, -155.08204

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  8/5/2016

ID:  12613

Kulani Forest Trail System Hiking Map


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