Pu’u Huluhulu is a kipuka (small pocket) of native trees and native birds. The area is located along the Daniel Inoye Highway (Saddle Road) near the turnoff for the Mauna Kea Visitor Center. Approximately an hour from The Palms Cliff House Inn. This kipuka is without a doubt one of this island’s best kept secrets, and it is right out in plain view. Pu’u Huluhulu means shaggy hill, which, when you see it, is exactly what it looks like. It is fenced in to keep the destructive pig population out. but there is not entry fee and is worth a 20-40 min stop in your busy sightseeing day.
I like to take a lunch or snack with me so that when we summit the hill we can sit and enjoy the view and the sweet bird songs that surround us.
The hike is not difficult and the trail is well maintained. but there is an incline, so just remember that you are hiking at roughly 6,000 feet and take it slow. Stop to catch your breath. you are technically at high altitude.
as you can see from our photos it is a really lovely place, of course being there in person is always better than photos. just remember to pack out anything you pack in. once in the kipuka there are no services. Enjoy your visit to Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu!