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Pu'u 'O'o Trail, Hilo

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Pu'u 'O'o Trail is located in Hilo. A visit to Pu'u 'O'o Trail represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hilo travel itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • This is the vent that lava is flowing from into the ocean and you can drive up to a certain point then the road is closed. You will have to hike 2 - 3 miles to the ocean entry point where lava is flow...  more »
  • Small car park, walk in part by forest, partly by lava field. Magnificent view of Mauna Kea. No toilet, take water with you
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  • We went through here during a tour that left from Hilo and we really enjoyed it. We got to see some of the more recent lava flows which were really unique.  more »
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  • Nice trail over a variety of volcanic landscapes and through several kipukas (remnant islands of mature tropical forest). This is one of the best places to find endemic Hawaiian birds on the Big Island. The Hawaii Elepaio, I'iwi and Apapane are likely to be found within a mile of the trailhead. This is the best place to find the rare Akiapola'au, but you need to hike in 4 miles.
  • Awesome hike over both a'a and pahoehoe lava flows and also going into surviving little 'islands' of dense rainforest. Beware the total hike length is somewhere between 8 and 8.7 miles. That's going out to where it meets the dirt service road (also called powerline road) and walking back along that then following the highway back to the start of the trail.
  • The best place to find the 'Akiapola'au

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A convenient starting point for any exploration of the eastern portion of the Island of Hawaii, Hilo features many air-conditioned hostels, ideally priced for backpackers and other travelers not intending to spend a great deal of time indoors. For additional amenities and more privacy, book a room at a private bed and breakfast or small hotel near the town's best beaches. To stay closer to the hub of tourist action, consider a mid-range inn located in one of the old buildings in Hilo's historic downtown area.
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