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Honuaula Forest Reserve Makaula O`oma Tract-June 20, 2009

honuaula-makahiSaturday, June 20, 2009, the Kona Hiking Club will hike through Honualoa Forest Reserve Makaula O’oma Tract, a beautiful upland rainforest on Hualalai Mountain in Kaloko. The region is accessed via Kaloko Drive.

 

 

The hike will be about 3 miles total with an elevation change of about 750 ’. The surface is relatively good with some loose rocks and tree roots. The hike starts at Hao Street Trail and continues to Jurassic Park Trail at Makahi Street then returns to Hao Street by way of Kaloko Drive.

This forest area does look much like something from the Jurassic times with its various ferns and other native vegetation. The occasional forest clouds rolling through and the singing birds make this a very special place.

Much restoration work has been done in this mesic forest by Tree Hawaii and volunteers to plant native trees and remove invasive species.

Hikers should meet at 8 am at the Hao Street Trailhead which is near the second left side Hao Street sign off Kaloko Drive. Park along the grassy shoulder. Although, there is a sizeable parking area, carpooling is recommended. While there is no charge for carpooling, anyone doing so is encouraged to chip in for gasoline.

The weather on the mountain is somewhat unpredictable, so be prepared for rain, although sunny weather is possible as well. Hikers should wear closed toed shoes, carry hiking sticks and bring at least two liters of water, snacks, and sunscreen.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Johnson at 557-9246.

PLEASE NOTE: All members are welcome to bring guests or pass on information about our hikes to other hikers. However, if you do so, PLEASE make sure that you direct them to the Kona Hiking Club website to review the hike announcement and description. We want to make sure that everyone is prepared for the specific hike we are doing that day, whether we’re facing mud, heat, cold, steep trails, rocky trails, high altitude, exceptionally long distances, etc. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!

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