3,400 - 2,700 Feet Elevation, 6 Miles
Routes: A series of trails through the forest reserve provide challenging hiking and mountain bicycling opportunities.
The first trail is the 0.6 mile “Jurassic Trail”that takes you from the trailhead to the upper boundary fence. Follow the upper boundary fence for another 0.3 tenths of a mile to the “Hallway Trail” or continue another mile along the Perimeter Trail to the northern forest boundary. The loop continues down the “Pig Skull” trail and across the lower boundary of the forestreserve. Continue the loop up the Hallway Trail back to the upper fence boundary. Many people know this area as the Hao Street trail, however the access off of Hao Street is private property so we advise you use the Makahi Street entrance.
Location: The end of Makahi Street, left off of Kaloko Drive, approximately 3.8 miles from the entrance off Mamalahoa Highway (Hwy. 190) between the 34 and 35 mile marker.
History OF KALOKO TRAILS
In the mid 1990’s, the Hawaii State Dept of Forestry and Wildlife, DOFAW, opened the Honua’ula Forest Reserve parcel adjacent to Kaloko Drive to the public for recreation. DOFAW began a public-private partnership with TREE, Tropical Reforestation & Ecological Education non-profit organization, for reforestation with koa trees throughout the Reserve, as well as day trips for education of Kona 6th graders on the value of our native forests. A network of forest trails needed to be constructed to allow access throughout the Reserve.
TREE had no experience with this and therefore PATH, People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, was brought into the partnership for construction & maintenance of trails for mountain biking in the reserve, while TREE was to build separate trails for hiking.
Sadly, TREE lost their funding and no hiking trails were ever built. Therefore the mountain biking trails have become multi- use. PATH subsequently received a Memorandum of Understanding from DLNR, approving the organization as the official trail building/maintenance steward for all trails in this Forest Reserve.
The first short section of trail ascending from Makahi Street took one full year to construct due to a small crew & the ruggedness of the terrain, using only hand tools. Walk a few feet off the trails and you will see how difficult the trailbuilding is here.
PATH is dedicated to building more trails in the future as well as maintenance of the entire trail system. All trail users are welcome to enjoy these trails. However, please keep in mind that they were originally constructed/maintained by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, so expect mtn ,bikes on the trails. Hey, this is Kona, folks! We can all share our trails with Aloha, and be considerate of each other.
This is a magical, beautiful forest for all of us to enjoy. Trail rules help keep it that way and are listed below. Please embrace them wholeheartedly. Dog poop on the trails can be a problem. Please be considerate of other trail users. We are hopeful that a leash law will not have to be instituted. So far, so good.
RULES OF THE TRAIL
- Stay on the trails.
- Leave no trace. Pack out what you pack in.
- Dogs owners must remove dog poop from the trail.
- Hikers & mtn bikers yield to equestrians. Mountain bikers yield to everyone.
- All users stop 30 feet from horses and ask how to
proceed. Hikers with backpacks & mountain bikers can appear as predators to horses. Your voice announces that you are human.
- Mtn bikers stop, put 1 foot down & lean away from trail to let others pass.
- Move completely off trail when stopping. Do not block trail.
- Possession/consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited throughout the Honua’ula Forest Reserve.
- No motorcycles/ATVs allowed on trails.
- No firearms allowed on trails in this Reserve.
- Helmets strongly recommended for mountain bikers. Trails have dangerous sections. Ride at your own risk. Always control your speed.
- Do not alter trails. PATH, is the only sanctioned trail building crew in this Forest Reserve.
- Be alert, courteous, respectful of others. Enjoy the trails!
Hiking Safety Tips
- STAY ON MARKED TRAILS! Vegetation or cinders may hide deep cracks in the ground. Use caution near cliffs, cracks, and steam vents. The edges of these features are unstable and can be slippery. Keep your children safe. Hiking over cracks and holes, loose rock, and thin lava crust greatly increases your risk of getting hurt. Falling on lava may result in severe wounds.
- WEAR STURDY SHOES AND LONG LIGHTWEIGHT HIKING PANTS (falling on lava is like falling on broken glass).
- CARRY AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. No matter how short your hike or brief your stay, bring more sunscreen and water than you think you’ll need. Recommended: 2 liters of water per person, per day. Hawaii’s strong tropical sun can cause serious dehydration.
- AVOID HIKING AFTER DARK (cracks, crevasses, and cliffs look like shadows – depth is not evident in the dark).
- Always hike or camp with another person.
- Bring a cell phone.
- Do not drink untreated stream or lake water.
- Always be prepared for rain. Rainstorms can roll in with surprising speed.
- Have warm clothes on hand. At elevations above 1,000 feet (and even on windy beaches), nighttime temperatures can drop by at least 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher the elevation, the colder it will be.
- Carry bug spray. Mosquitoes can be thick even on breezy beaches.
- Abide by posted signs and stay on the trail.
- Always obtain the proper permits to hike or camp.
- If you are a novice hiker, consider arranging a hiking tour with an activity/attractions tour provider