Difficulty. Challenging Trailhead: The trailhead for the Ainapo Trail begins at the 5.650-foot elevation, within the Kapapala Forest Reserve.Access: Take Highway 11 south of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to a gate and cattle guard at the 40.5 mile point (midway between mile markers 40 and 41) on the mauka (mountain) side of the highway. http://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/trail.php?TrailID=HA+50+00
Difficulty: EasyTrailhead. The trail starts from the old Hawaii Belt Road. now a 4 mile scenic route between Papaikou and Pepeekeo off Highway 19. Look for the trail sign on the makai (ocean) side of the road above Onomea Beay. Parking is limited.Trail Distance: 0.5 mile round trip. half-hour. Highest point 160 feet. lowest sea level. no camping. Trail Route: The trail goes directly to the point between Kenanue and Kahalii Bays.Caution: The trail crosses private property. Straying from the public access route constitutes trespassing.
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. Picnic area, pavilion, restroom, food concession. drinking water. Hiking along the historic coastal trail. Ala Kahakai. Beach activities (lifeguard senates). No tent camping. Six A-frame shelters only.
Hawaii National Park. HI 96718-0052 (Volcano District)Tel. (808) 985-6000 (open 24 hours per day. all year)Distances to the Park: From Hilo – 30 miles southwest on Highway 11: From Kailua-Kona – 96 miles southeast on Highway 11. or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via Highways 19 and 11.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.
Off Pahoa-Pohoiki Road (Hwy 132): 2.7 miles southeast of Pahoa. Puna District17.1 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. No drinking water.
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 and 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. less
Trail Difficulty: Easy. highest point 140 feet, lowest sea level, no camping. Trail Distance: 0.7 mile roundtrip / 45 minutes roundtripTrailhead: The trail starts from the old Hawaii Belt Road (4 mile scenic route between Papaikou and Pepeakeo off Highway 19), about 1/2 mile Hilo side of the Donkey trail. Parking is limited. Route. The trail follows the alignment of the old government road into Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens and splits at Alakahl (Kukilu) stream.
Trailhead: Go 16 miles north of Hilo on the Hawaii Belt Road (Hwy 19). At Mile Marker 16. take the road inland. Turn right and park by the first gulch. Hike upstream 0.5 mile.
End of Akaka Falls Road (Hwy 220). 3.6 miles southwest of Honomu (South Hilo District)Pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical vegetation and 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.
Naturally Heated by the Volcano Geothermal Pond that opens up to Kapoho Bay, closests accessable waters to the Kapoho Beach Lots vacation Homes.
There are various Farmer’s Markets on this side of the island with Fresh Fruit, Veggies, Local Meals, Crafts, & more local things to buy…
Island of Hawaii District Office Dept. of Land & Natural Resources P. O. Box 936 (75 Aupuni Street. #204) Hilo. HI 96721-0936Tel. (808) 974-6200 (Closed Weekends/State Holidays)Hours: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Reservations taken 8 a.m.- noon only) For information on State Parks trails on Big Island and free site maps please contact the above office or visit the State Parks Website. Check it all out Big Island Hiking Spots: http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/hiking/hawaii/
Hilo has beaches, musemums, restaurants, mall, shopping, major grocery stores, international airport, etc…
This is a favorite surfing and body boarding place among the locals. There is also a boat launch that is used by local fisherman. One can often buy fresh fish from them right at the boat launch or at the local Fish Market next Subway in Pahoa (15mins from the house).
Snorkel & Explore Kapoho Beach Community and nearby Vacationland different Bay, Tidepools & Pond accesses points! Great Community for Jogging, Riding Bike, Kayaking, Fishing, Snorkeling, Swimming & other forms of explorations.
Map of Ocean Accesses into Kapoho Bay and within the Gate Beach Lots Community
If majestic black sand beaches are on your itinerary, take the scenic drive down Red Road to Kehena You may recognize it – it’s often used as a location for TV commercials because of its beauty.
Pahoa is about 15 minute drive from the house. There are various Restaurants, Shopping, & Grocery store (Hilo is better for major grocery shopping).
This bit of shoreline was named for the University of Hawaii, who ‘seeded’ it with many different types of coral after the 1960 lava flow here at Kapoho Beach.
The coral and fish laden tide pools here, make for great snorkeling.