Big Island Sights

Manuka State Wayside

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

This upland forest preserve spreads across several relatively recent lava flows. A semi-rugged trail follows a 2-mile loop past a pit crater, winding around interesting trees such as hau and kukui. It's a nice spot to get out of the car and stretch your legs—you can wander through the well-maintained arboretum, snap a few photos of the eerie forest, and let the kids scramble around trees so large they can't get their arms around them. The pathways can get muddy and rough, so bring appropriate shoes if you plan to hike. Restrooms, picnic areas, and camping sites (by permit) are available. It's a good rest station along a rather desolate highway stretch.

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Hwy. 11, north of mile marker 81, , Hawaii, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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