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Puu Laau Road

Hawaii > The Big Island > Mauna Kea
Length8.4 mi
Elev. Gain1760 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
The hike starts at a height of 5800 feet and climbs to 7500 feet before ending at an old hunting cabin. The area is home to many endangered Hawaiiaan birds and animals like the wild turkey, game birds, Moufflon sheep and wild pigs. It is also the home to the Hawaiian Palila.

Begin the trail from the parking lot beside the hunter check-in station and after trekking for about a quarter of a mile, you will reach an empty field which is enclosed by tall pines from three sides. From here starts the Palila zone that stretches up to 9000 feet. You can see many birds like the Pueo, wild turkey, pheasant, francolin and also the wild pigs and the Mouflon sheep.

While ascending, you will see the North Kohala Coast and the island of Maui to the west and a grassy cinder named Puu Ahumoa to the east. At 1.5 mile marked as R-15 the trail leads to the 7042-foot high peak. You will find cinder cones covering the Mauna Loa at many places. You will end the hike at an old hunting cabin. But at this point you will find the road splitting into two and making a 32 mile loop around the mountain which is also the turning point for Puu Laau Road hike. Now start descending to the starting point.

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 48.437' N
155° 37.828' W

Driving Directions:
Take Hwy.200 to reach Kilohana Hunter Check-In Station which is about 15 miles from Waimea from where the trail head begins.
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Weather Report for Kamuela, HI
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows 52 to 69. Southwest winds around 10 mph early in the evening becoming light, then becoming south around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph after midnight.
Temperature: 70.2° F
Relative Humidity: 77%
Pressure: 29.97"
Dew Point: 62.6° F

Winds from the SE at 2.0 mph gusting to 3.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:47 AM
Sunset: 5:44 PM
Weather reported from Kaupulehu, Kailua-Kona, HI (KHIKAILU25)
Sunny. Haze in the morning. Highs 67 to 83. South winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph shifting to the west in the late morning and early afternoon, then shifting to the southwest late in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 45 to 71. Light winds becoming east up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 65 to 83. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 10 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 45 to 70. East winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the northeast 10 to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 11:59 PM
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