Kalopa State Recreation Area, Honokaa

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The Kalōpā Native Forest State Park and Recreation Area is a state park with an arboretum of native trees located approximately 40 mi (64 km) northwest of Hilo, near the village of Honokaʻa, a few miles inland from the Mamalahoa Highway (Route 19) section of the Hawaii Belt Road, Island of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi.

This 100-acre (40 ha) park adjoins an additional 500 acres (200 ha) in the Kalopa Forest Reserve. The park is at an elevation of 2,000 ft (610 m) and includes a 0.7 mi (1.1 km) loop through a forest of native ʻōhiʻa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) trees. A number of rare plants can be found in the arboretum area, including endangered loulu palms (Pritchardia spp.), as well as a number of rare native hibiscus. Due to the altitude, damp and chilly weather is the norm.

Services available at the park include restrooms, drinking water, cabins, and camping.
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  • We got a cabin for a couple of nights and immensely enjoyed the quiet solitude. We slept quite well and the bathroom was spacious. The mess hall was certainly made for more than two people... 
    We got a cabin for a couple of nights and immensely enjoyed the quiet solitude. We slept quite well and the bathroom was spacious. The mess hall was certainly made for more than two people...  more »
  • Kalopa State Recreation Area has some of the best mountain bike trail riding on the Big Island. Old growth fern rain forest, beautiful views and an easy ascent for a long downhill. Whole loop takes.....  more
    Kalopa State Recreation Area has some of the best mountain bike trail riding on the Big Island. Old growth fern rain forest, beautiful views and an easy ascent for a long downhill. Whole loop takes.....  more »
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  • If you and yours like vast trail in thick rooted jungle terrain this is your state park. As Kalopa state park sits near 2k ft in elevation and has some gnarly mtb lines. Also very primitive but ultra clean cabins for rent on site too to mention! Bring a rain jacket just incase.
  • Beautiful forest and very few people at the park. More signage for the starts of trails and trail maintenance would be helpful.

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