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Puu Laau Road

Hawaii > The Big Island > Mauna Kea
Summary
Length8.4 mi
Elev. Gain1760 ft
Difficulty3 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeView
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
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 64 to 82. West winds around 10 mph shifting to the north in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 68.8° F
Relative Humidity: 84%
Pressure: 29.71"
Dew Point: 63.8° F

Winds from the SSW at 0.0 mph gusting to 13.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.17"

Sunrise: 5:53 AM
Sunset: 6:45 PM
Weather reported from Downtown Hawi, Hawi, HI (KHIHAWI1)
Forecast
Tonight
Cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 51 to 71. Northeast winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs 65 to 83. Light winds becoming northwest around 10 mph in the late morning and early afternoon, then becoming light late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 52 to 73. Light winds becoming south around 10 mph late in the evening, then becoming light after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs 67 to 85. Light winds becoming northwest around 10 mph in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:52 AM
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