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AKAKA FALLS STATE PARK
End of Akaka Falls Road (Hwy 220), 3.6 miles southwest of Honomu.
(South Hilo District)
Pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling Akaka Falls which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. The 0.4-mile loop footpath requires some physical exertion.

AMY B. H. GREENWELL ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN
P. O. Box 1053
Captain Cook, HI 96704
(South Kona District)
Tel. (808) 323-3318
Located 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona immediately past the 110 Mile Marker. Twelve acres of native and Polynesian introduced plants that were important to Hawaiian culture including a 5-acre remnant of the prehistoric agricultural Kona Field System. Maintained and operated by the Bishop Museum. Photo

FUKU-BONSAI CULTURAL CENTER
& HAWAII STATE BONSAI REPOSITORY

P. O. Box 6000 (Olaa Road)
Kurtistown, HI 96760
(Puna District)
Tel. (808) 982-9880
A unique visitor attraction with the most varied collection of artistic pot plants. It pioneered True Indoor BonsaiTM, holds workshops, and ships to all parts of the US. Everyone invited. No admission fee.

HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The refuge can be reached from Hilo via the Saddle Road (Highway 200), the Mauna Kea Summit Road, and Keanakolu Road. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is required for the 40-mile trip, which takes almost 2 hours each way.
(North Hilo District)
Hakalau Forest is a haven for Hawaii's endangered birds. Four of the seven endangered forest birds - the "akiapolaau", the Hawaii "akepa", the "Hawaii creeper", and the "io" - found on Hawaii Island (Big Island) are commonly seen or heard within the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. A fifth endangered forest bird, the "ou", may also inhabit the lower portions of the refuge, though it has not been seen there for many years. Public access is restricted. Please contact the refuge office at the following address for more information: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 32 Kinoole Street, Suite 101, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, Tel. (808) 933-6915. See also Wildlife Viewing on the Big Island.

HAPUNA BEACH STATE RECREATION AREA
Queen Kaahumanu Hwy (Hwy 19) / 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae
(South Kohala District)
61.8 acres of landscaped beach park with swimming during calm seas. Dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks during periods of high surf! Waves over 3 feet high are for experts - all others should stay out of the water and away from the shoreline! Picnic area, pavilion, restroom, food concession, drinking water. Hiking along the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai. Beach activities (lifeguard services). No tent camping. Six A-frame shelters only.

HAWAII STATE PARKS
Island of Hawaii District Office
Dept. of Land & Natural Resources
P. O. Box 936
(75 Aupuni Street, #204)
Hilo, HI 96721-0936
(Downtown Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 974-6200 (Closed Weekends/State Holidays)
Hours: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
For information on State Parks on Big Island and free site maps please contact the above office or visit the State Parks Website.

HAWAII TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
P. O. Box 80
Hilo, HI 96781
(South Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 964-5233
One of the Big Island's best botanical gardens - a stunningly beautiful area, which fronts Onomea Bay - a tamed tropical rain forest. One of the most exotic spots in all of Hawaii!

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
P. O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052
(Volcano District)
Tel. (808) 985-6000 (open 24 hours per day, all year)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses 333,000 acres from sea level to the 13,677-foot summit of Mauna Loa, the world's largest and most active volcano. It is home to Kilauea Volcano, Mauna Loa's dynamic smaller sibling which provides frequent opportunities for lava viewing. The park offers incredible scenery and extensive hiking and camping opportunities. In recognition of its outstanding natural values, the park has been honored as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. It receives over 2.5 million visitors each year. For more information, please visit the Park's website. See also: Hawaiian EDVenture Program/UH Hilo.

HAWAIIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDS NWR COMPLEX
Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 5-231
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(Island of Oahu)
Tel. (808) 792-9540
Information about national wildlife refuges in the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific.

HILO ARBORETUM
Hawaii State Forestry & Wildlife
Island of Hawaii District Office
Dept. of Land & Natural Resources
P. O. Box 4849
Hilo, HI 96720
Tel. (808) 974-4221
Hours: 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Mon-Fri. (Closed Weekends/State Holidays)
A tree nursery containing a large and varied selection of tree species. For more information on the arboretum, please contact the above office.

IMILOA ASTRONOMY CENTER OF HAWAII
Science & Technology Park
University of Hawaii at Hilo
600 Imiloa Place
Hilo, HI 96720
(Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 969-9700
Hawaii's new astronomy center bridges culture with the cosmos, featuring interactive exhibits and a state-of-the-art 120 seat planetarium that makes the connection between Hawaiian voyages of discovery and the discoveries made daily by astronomers on Maunakea. The Center has the largest collection of Hawaiian plants anywhere - a 72,000 square-foot-gardenscape. Admission charge.

KALOKO-HONOKOHAU
National Historical Park
73-4786 Kanalani Street, #14
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-6881
Kaloko-Honokohau is located at the base of Hualalai Volcano, along the Kona coast . It is 3 miles north of Kailua-Kona and 3 miles south of Keahole-Kona International Airport, along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Hwy 19).
Established in 1978 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional native Hawaiian activities and culture, this 1160-acre park is of incredible cultural and historical significance. It is the site of an ancient Hawaiian settlement which encompasses portions of four different ahupuaa, or traditional sea to mountain land divisions. Resources include fishponds, kahua (house site platforms), kii pohaku (petroglyphs), holua (stone slide), and heiau (religious site). Visitors can hike along the coast through the park and enjoy other activities such as picnicking, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, bird watching, and surfing. The Aimakapa and Kaloko Ponds are home to many water birds, including the Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian stilt, and migrants such as shovelers, pintails, and scaup. Check with the park office for viewing tips and access rules. Shorebirds, including ruddy turnstones, wandering tattlers, and golden plovers, may be seen from the beach-walk trail.

KALOPA STATE RECREATION AREA
Located at 2,000-foot elevation at the end of Kalopa Road, approximately 3 miles inland from Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 19); and 5 miles southeast of Honokaa.
(Hamakua District)
One hundred acres containing lodging, tent camping, picnicking and easy family nature hike (0.7-mile loop trail) in a native ohia forest. Beginnings of an arboretum of the island's native plants. One of the best forest hikes on the island. Additional trails in the adjoining forest reserve, including a 2-mile horse loop trail.

KEALAKEKUA BAY STATE HISTORICAL PARK
In Napoopoo at end of Beach Rd. off Government Rd. from Puuhonua Rd. (Hwy 160) or Lower Government Rd. from Mamalahoa Hwy (Hwy 11) at Captain Cook or Keei Junction.
(South Kona District)
4.0 acres. Viewing of Hikiau Heiau - a luakini (temple of human sacrifice). The place of worship where priests offered reverence to Captain Cook in 1779, believing that he was the god Lono returning to them as promised. Panoramic view of Kealakekua Bay.

KEALAKEKUA BAY MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Access by sea or from Napoopoo Beach on Beach Road off Government Road from Puuhonoa Road (Highway 160), or Lower Government Road from Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 11) at Captain Cook or Keei Junction.
(South Kona District)
A 315 acre bay that provides opportunities for snorkelers and scuba divers to observe the marine life in this relatively pristine underwater habitat. Rich in coral and fish display. Fishing restrictions. Home to many Spinner dolphins.

KEKAHA KAI (KONA COAST) STATE PARK
There are two sections to the Park each with its own access road:
Mahaiula Section: From Kailua-Kona, take Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Hwy 19) approximately 2.6 miles north of Kona International Airport. Watch for sign to park. Rough, unpaved road to beach.
Kua Bay Section: Located north of the entry to the Mahaiula Section. Watch for the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Access to Kua Bay is directly across from the Cemetery via a paved road.
(North Kona District)
A 1,642.5 acre park. The Mahaiula section has a sandy beach and dune offering opportunities for swimming and snorkeling in the summer months. A picnic area with tables and portable toilets are available. A 4.5-mile hike north through this wilderness park on the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai, leads to Kua Bay (Maniniowali). Midway, a hike to the summit of Puu Kuili, a 342-foot high cinder cone, offers an excellent view of the coastline. Dry and hot with no drinking water. The Kua Bay (Maniniowali) section at the north end of the park offers swimming and snorkeling in the summer and surfing in the winter months. Kua Bay has restrooms, picnic area, sandy beach, cultural and historic sites.

LAPAKAHI STATE HISTORICAL PARK
On Akoni Pule Highway (Hwy. 270); 12.4 miles north of Kawaihae.
(North Kohala)
A 262 acre historical park. Learn about the early Hawaiian lifestyle by taking a self-guided tour through the partially restored remains of this ancient coastal settlement. Nearby ocean waters comprise a marine preserve with various activities regulated. Normal beach activities such as sunbathing, snorkeling, etc., are not encouraged.

LAUPAHOEHOE NATURAL AREA RESERVE
Hawaii Belt Road, along the Hamakua Coastline
(North Hilo District)
Ohia and koa wet forest ecosystems are in this reserve of 7,894 acres. Tree ferns and a great variety of associated plants form a dense undergrowth. The reserve is on the northeastern slope of Mauna Kea at 1,700-4,680 feet elevation. The Reserve is not accessible without first obtaining permission to cross private lands. For more information, please contact the Natural Area Reserves System, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 224, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, Tel. (808) 587-0063.

LAVA TREE STATE MONUMENT
Off Pahoa-Pohoiki Road (Hwy 132); 2.7 miles southeast of Pahoa.
(Puna District)
17.1 acres. Viewing of a forest of lava trees along a 0.7 mile loop trail. This unusual volcanic feature is the result of a lava flow that swept through this forested area and left behind lava molds of the tree trunks. Picnicking opportunities. Potable water.

MACKENZIE STATE RECREATION AREA
Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road (Highway 137), nine miles northeast of Kaimu.
(Puna District)
13.1 acres with low cliffed, wild volcanic coastline. Tent camping only in ironwood grove. Good shore fishing. Old Hawaiian coastal trail traverses the park. Cultural sites, scenic vistas. Picnic area, pavilion, restrooms. No drinking water.

MANUKA STATE WAYSIDE
On Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy 11); 19.3 miles west of Naalehu.
(Kau District)
A 20.5 acre rest stop with an opportunity to picnic among a collection of native and introduced trees. A 2-mile nature hike through the Manuka Natural Area Reserve offers an experience in Hawaiian natural history. Open shelter camping. No drinking water.

MAUNA KEA ICE AGE NATURAL AREA RESERVE: LAKE WAIAU / SUMMIT
Take the Saddle Road (Hwy 200) to Mauna Kea Road. Lake Waiau is located at the 13,000-foot elevation, near the summit of Mauna Kea off Mauna Kea Road (approximately 800 feet from the top of the extinct 13,796 foot volcano). The lake is accessible via a 30 minute walk from the road. Prepare for snow at the summit if visiting this area in winter. Note: check with the U-Drive Company - the Saddle Road (Hwy 200) is the only road to Mauna Kea and is off limits to most rental cars.
(Hamakua District)
Exceptional geologic features are in this reserve of 3,894 acres. Just as massive glaciers were forming and receding on the continents during the Ice Age, the high slopes of Mauna Kea had coinciding intervals of ice cover. The features of erosion and deposition left by the action of four successive glaciers are prime natural assets protected by the reserve. Another significant geologic feature is Lake Waiau, which at 13,020 feet elevation is one of the highest lakes in the United States. A complex and well preserved archaeological site with adz quarries and related ancient Hawaiian cultural remains is also located here. At 13,796 feet, the view from the summit of the tallest mountain in the Pacific is nothing short of awesome! See also: Hawaiian EDVenture Program/UH Hilo

MAUNA KEA STATE RECREATION AREA
Saddle Road (Highway 200) / 35.1 miles west of Downtown Hilo. Note: check with the U-Drive Company - the Saddle Road (Hwy 200) is the only road to the park & is off limits to most rental cars.
(Hamakua District)
20.5 acres of shrubland at the 6,500-foot elevation - dry and clear weather with cold nights. Good views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. National natural landmark site. Hiking. Picnic area, open field, restrooms. No water (bring your own water for drinking, bathing). Cabins. No tent camping.

NANI MAU GARDENS
421 Makalika Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(South Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 959-3500
Twenty acres of tropical and sub-tropical plants - a floral theme park. Botanical museum. Restaurant (lunch and dinner). Fruit orchard with chocolate, coffee, macadamia nut and other trees. Hedge maze - fun for children. Narrated tram tours available (charge). Open daily.

OLD KONA AIRPORT STATE RECREATION AREA
End of Kuakini Highway (Hwy 11) in Kailua-Kona
(North Kona District)
A 103.7 acre beach park with picnicking, surfing, tidepooling, shore and spear fishing, and other beach-related activities. Jogging path covering 0.8 mile.

PANAEWA RAINFOREST ZOO
South of Hilo, Off Highway 11 (watch for Sign)
Mamaki Street
(South Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 959-9233
A 12-acre animal park that receives over 125 inches of rain a year - the only rain forest zoo in the United States. A botanical paradise that hosts more than 80 species of animals, birds, and reptiles, including endangered birds indigenous to Hawaii, and Namaste, a 500-pound white Bengal tiger. Free admission.

PUA MAU PLACE ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDEN
P.O. Box 44555
10 Ala Kahua
Kawaihae, HI 96743
(North Kohala District)
Tel. (808) 882-0888
Located on the desert side of Kohala mountain, the Garden's mission is to protect, preserve and propagate plant life indigenous to an arid Hawaiian climate and to promote continuously blooming plants. Take a self-guided tour of their year-round brilliantly colored flowers including a maze planted with 250 species of hibiscus. The views are spectacular! The Garden includes a bird aviary, visitor center, open-air amphitheater for events and Pikake Gallery with local arts and crafts. Admission charge. Open daily.

PUUHONUA O HONAUNAU
National Historical Park
P. O. Box 129
Honaunau, HI 96726
(South Kona District)
Tel. (808) 328-2326 (Administration); (808) 328-2288 (Visitor Center)
A 181.8-acre park. Until 1819, vanquished Hawaiian warriors, noncombatants, and kapu breakers could escape death by reaching this sacred ground. Prehistoric house sites, royal fishponds, coconut groves, and spectacular shore scenery comprise the park. Green sea turtles can often be spotted in Keone Ele cove . Humpback whales can be seen during the winter months. Handouts on the local plants and birds are available. A 1871 historic trail (approx. 1 mile) has many archeological sites including temple sites (heiau), some sledding tracks (holua), and old house sites. There is also an open lava tube cave that ends at the face of a sea cliff. Watch your head as the ceiling is low and flashlights are recommended. Ask at the visitor center for a backcountry trail guide. The park celebrates its annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival on the weekend that falls closest to July 1. Note: The Green Sea Turtle is a Federally protected endangered species - please do not touch them and keep 10 feet away. For your own safety, please do not jump from the cliff or opening of the lava tube cave.

PUUKOHOLA HEIAU
National Historic Site
P. O. Box 44340
Kawaihae, HI 96743
Tel. (808) 882-7218
The park is on the northwestern shore in the district of South Kohala. The access road to the visitor center is off route 270, one-quarter mile north of route 270 and Highway 19 intersection.
85.3 acres. Ruins of Puukohola Heiau ("Temple on the hill of the whale") built by King Kamehameha the Great and property of John Young, who fought for Kamehameha during the period of his ascendancy to power. Footpath, guided and self-guided tours, exhibits and interpretive talks, bird watching. During winter and spring months, you can enjoy whale watching and shark sightings. Hawaiian arts and crafts demonstrations at certain times of year. Special Hawaiian programs are presented to the public throughout the year.

SADIE SEYMOUR BOTANICAL GARDENS
Kona Outdoor Circle
76-6280 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
(North Kona District)
Tel. (808) 329-7286
With the help of a self-guiding brochure and pictorial markers throughout, this 1.5 acre landscaped site may be enjoyed in just minutes or hours. Plantings include those found on the Island of Hawaii before contact by the Polynesians. Also displayed are the plants of the Pacific Islands, Austral, Indo-Malayan, Indo-Asian, Asian, Mediterranean, African, West Indian, South American and Central American. A popular guided lunch hour tour is offered once a month. Docent tours may also be arranged for groups of 10 or more.

WAILOA RIVER STATE RECREATION AREA
Parking at end of Piilani Street in downtown Hilo; visitor center access road off Pauahi Street.
(Downtown Hilo District)
A 131.9 acre park. Pleasure walking, quiet relaxation, informal games and events, picnicking, and boat fishing are provided in the landscaped park set around Wailoa River. Boat ramp provided. Fishing restrictions. Artistic and cultural displays at Wailoa Center which is accessible through Piopio Street.

WAILUKU RIVER STATE PARK
Off Waianuenue Avenue, downtown Hilo; Boiling Pots Area at end of Peepee Falls Drive; Rainbow Falls on Rainbow Drive; Peepee Falls is approximately one mile beyond Rainbow Falls.
(Downtown Hilo District)
A 16.3 acre park. Viewpoints of geologic and scenic interest along Wailuku River. Boiling Pots is a succession of big pools connected by underground flow or cascades whose waters roll and bubble as if boiling. The well-exposed hexagonal columns that line the pools were formed by the slow cooling of basalt lava. The 80-foot Rainbow Falls is renown for the rainbow formed from its mist. Legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui. Peepee Falls is an idyllic waterfall and deep pool.

WAIMANU NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE
(Hamakua District)
This 3,600-acre reserve embraces Waimanu Valley (except for private lands) and the Muliwai Trail corridor extending to Waipio Valley. The reserve is managed through federal and state partnership primarily for research and education on its undeveloped water ecosystem consisting of Waimanu Stream and its five tributaries, an extensive wetland, an estuary, and an embayment. For more information, please contact the Natural Area Reserves System, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, Tel. (808) 587-0054.

WORLD BOTANICAL GARDENS
P. O. Box 411
Honomu, HI 96728
(Hilo District)
Tel. (808) 963-5427
The Home of Peace and Beauty. The largest gardens on the Big island situated on 300 acres of flowers, fruits, and nuts. Includes the spectacular 300 foot triple-tiered Umauma Falls, acclaimed as one of Hawaii's most beautiful.

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