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Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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  • Easy trail with minimal elevation gain through a cool tropical forest. Opportunities to see many birds, including honeycreepers, but go early or late as they are not very active mid-day. Trail has.....  more
    Easy trail with minimal elevation gain through a cool tropical forest. Opportunities to see many birds, including honeycreepers, but go early or late as they are not very active mid-day. Trail has.....  more »
  • This is a great place to escape the crazy crowds around Volcano House and the NP Visitor’s Center. The Mauna Loa Rd. turnoff is only about a mile south of the Visitor’s Center Main Entrance to the... 
    This is a great place to escape the crazy crowds around Volcano House and the NP Visitor’s Center. The Mauna Loa Rd. turnoff is only about a mile south of the Visitor’s Center Main Entrance to the...  more »
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  • A perfect trail for anybody with limited physical ability. With a really bad back I still had no problems walking the entire 1.2 mile trail, and there were many spots along the trail where you can stop and sit quietly while watching for birds. The weather in late May was perfect: partly sunny with a cool breeze and the occasional misting from passing clouds. The trail is shaded more often than not, and the slope going up is very gradual as it is going down on the other side. We heard lots of birds, including cardinals, but most kept out of sight in the canopy. The exceptions were the numerous kalij pheasant that are very friendly and will approach without fear. We also saw an 'apapane and numerous small birds that were too far away to identify. Plenty of interesting and beautiful flora if you are not into birds. We encountered only a few other hikers during our visit and the parking at the trailhead was empty.
  • This is a great, easy trail that is a 1.2 mile loop. There are a lot of plants and snimals here. I could hear many birds and even saw several kalij pheasants. There is a bench along the trailer to rest or sit and listen to the birds. There is a lava tube with a sign saying not to enter. I recommend buying the $2 pamplet at the entrance. It is very imformative and makes a great keepsake of the walk.

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