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Naalehu - Manuka State Wayside

Mamalahoa Highway 11

A rest stop with an opportunity to picnic among a collection of native and introduced trees. A 2-mile nature hike through the adjacent Manukā Natural Area Reserve offers an experience in Hawaiian natural history. Open shelter camping. (13.4 acres)

Manukā offers open shelter camping at a single site.


B. Maygra

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Excellent place to stop and stretch when you are on the way to Volcano National Park. Gorgeous trees and plant life. Also there is a hiking trail to an old lava tube! Great place for a day picnic. And pull in overnight camping is available for the weary! 😩

Joe Cole

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Pros: 2.2 mile hike round-trip; available picnic area; features arboretum. Cons: No drinking water available; restrooms lack plumbing; mountain bikes prohibited on nature trail; be sure to pack bug spray. Bottom Line: Decent hiking spot, but far from the the best the Big Island has to offer.

Stephanie Cole

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Nice rest stop. Had bathrooms and running water (no soap). There are often wild chickens hanging around. Decent 2 mile (loop) hike with various local vegetation labeled. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes as ground is very uneven along hike.

Cynthia Patterson

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
This is a great place for a short 2-ish mile hike. There is a free parking lot with some benches and restrooms. The hike is of easy to moderate difficulty, with the only real challenge bring the initial elevation gain and the descent involved some lava rocks. There are a few places to rest along the trail. Bring your bug repellent or you may be eaten alive!

Cabbot Sanders

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Off the beaten path, with a nice 6 Mile nature trail that will take you way up the mountain., giving you Coastal views and even the ability to jog in the clouds. Clean bathroom facilities, although sometimes in the afternoon the heat of the day can make the bathrooms rather stinky, although they have made great improvements lately.

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