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Walk the Palm Trail at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Kahuku Sunday (Nov 13)

October 8 marked the grand opening of the Palm Trail, a new 2.6-mile loop trail in Kahuku, at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit in Ka‘u. Photo courtesy of NPS/Dave Boyle

October 8 marked the grand opening of the Palm Trail, a new 2.6-mile loop trail in Kahuku, at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Kahuku Unit in Ka‘u. Photo courtesy of NPS/Dave Boyle

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Visitors walk through the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Parl. Photo courtesy of NPS/Dave Boyle

Visitors walk through the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Parl. Photo courtesy of NPS/Dave Boyle

The Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes Park (FHVNP) hosts its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on November 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of FHVNP to share in the park’s beautiful trails.

Led by Nick Shema, this month’s walk will explore the newly opened Palm Trail in the park’s Kahuku Unit.

“The Palm Trail is a 2.6 mile loop through scenic pasture, along an ancient cinder cone, with some of the best panoramic views Kahuku has to offer,” Shema noted. “Along the way are relics of the ranching era, sections of remnant native forest, and amazing volcanic features from the 1868 eruptive fissures.”

Participants provide their own transportation to the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The entrance to Kahuku is on the mauka (mountain) side of Highway 11 between mile markers 70 and 71 in Ka‘u. Meet at the Palm trailhead, which is two miles up the unpaved main road. The Palm trailhead is accessible with 2-wheel-drive vehicles (however, 4-wheel-drive is recommended if you plan to venture on the road beyond the trailhead).

This trail, which includes a 375’ elevation change, is rated moderate. Be prepared for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy. Bring drinking water, bag lunch, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, raingear, and personal items (e.g., backpack, camera, binoculars, walking sticks, etc.).

FHVNP’s “Sunday Walk in the Park” is free for Friends members, and non-members are welcome to join the non-profit organization in order to attend. Annual memberships are $30 for individuals and $45 for families, and come with a variety of benefits.

To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes Park at 985-7373 or admin@fhvnp.org. For more information, visit www.fhvnp.org. Entry to Kahuku is free.

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