Kahuku Volcanoes National Park Extended Hours

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Affordable Hawaii Vacation | 0 comments

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s newest area, the Kahuku Section, has now extended its hours of operation to include Fridays. The park works to offer more and more accessibility over the years with limited budget for expanding infrastructure and administration. After acquisition, this area remained closed to the public for many years with no budget to open it. Then it was opened on Saturdays and Sundays for several years with the aid of many volunteers. Within the last few months, they have now added accessibility on Fridays as well. For each of these days it is open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  This is good news for guests staying at Leilani Bed and Breakfast, with the entrance just 8 miles down Highway 11. The part of the park is reclaimed ranch land, being reverted back to its natural vegetation over time, and more than doubles the size of the national park. There are many interesting volcanic features in the park, and 5 well marked trails ranging from 1 – 3 miles in length. Here is a link to the Upper Kahuku Trail Guide, with all kinds of information about the trail, plants, birds, and volcanic features you could see along the way. https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/upload/Kahuku-Forest-Trail-Guide.pdf . This trail is 2.3 miles round trip and well worth the hike. We hope more of our guests take the opportunity to visit this great place when staying with us. It is one of our favorite places to hike on the weekends. The area is approximately 2000 feet above sea level, so the air is cooler, often with nice breezes – a relief from hiking across the hot lava areas of the main section of the park.