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Monday, July 31, 2006

Kahuku History Hikes

Hawai`i Volcanoes News Release

For Immediate Release
Ruth Levin, Park Ranger
July 10 , 2006

Kahuku History Hikes

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park offers hikes at its Kahuku section to celebrate the human history of this area. Repeats of the same hike are scheduled for the mornings of August 13, September 17 and October 15. The Kahuku gate (mountain side of Highway 11 near the 70 mile marker in Ka’u) will open at 9 am. Hikes begin at 9:30 and end at noon. There is no need to sign up for this hike and four wheel drive vehicles are not required.

Entitled “People and Land of Kahuku,” the guided hike explores ways people have lived on the vast Kahuku lands from the earliest Hawaiian settlements through the Park’s current and future projects. This moderately difficult hike traverses 2 ½ miles of rugged terrain including lava fields, pastures and historic ranch roads. Boots, long pants and raingear are recommended.

A treasured home and rich resource in traditional times, a successful ranch since the 1860s, a 1940s radar station and now national park, Kahuku offers a variety of landscapes that tell stories about the past and give promise for the future. For information, call 985-6014.



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